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Is there a legal age for a child to choose what parent they want to live with? for the state of Wisconsin.

Milton, WI |

Does it matter whether or not the child is in school? Because the mom was trying to say that he can't come live with us until he's 18 and because of the fact that he's in school yet. We need some answers asap. Thanks.

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she is correct. until they are 18, kids don't get to choose.

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Kids can't choose but the older they are, the more weight their wishes carry. You should consult with an experienced family attorney to review your situation and determine how likely it would be that you would succeed in court.

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