In Alabama, at what age can children choose which parent they want to have custody of them?
State/Country relating to question: Alabama
Hello,My name is XXXXX XXXXX X am one of JustAnswer's attorneys. I'll be helping you resolve your matter today. Please remember that there might be a delay between your follow up questions and my answers because I may be helping other clients or taking a break.At around 12, they can VOICE their preference. The Court still decides on custody based on the rule of thumb of "best interest of the child." This includes, but is not limited to, general stability of the parent, financial stability, indoctrination of the child in the current school and environment, household condition and living condition of the child, other persons living in the house, etc. The child's preference is taken into consideration but is NOT the deciding factor. Judges know that often, children will want to live with the adult that allows them the most freedom but is not necessarily the best custodian, so while the children's preference is noted, it does not define the judgement for custody. Best of luck in your matter. I'm here if you need any more clarification or follow up information. I hope you found my answer helpful, and if so please click on the ACCEPT button. This is the only way for me to get credit for my work - when you put in your payment information, I receive no credit for my time with you unless you press ACCEPT. There is no fee for follow up questions should you wish to continue in this thread.Remember, sometimes the law under which your situation falls does not give you the outcome or the choices you wanted - please understand that this is not the attorney's fault, but the way of circumstance. There might be a delay between your follow up questions and my answers because I may be helping other clients or taking a break. If you feel that I went an extra step to help, a bonus would be appreciated! You can always request me for a future legal consultation through my profile at http://www.justanswer.com/profile.aspx?PF=7286322&FID=7 If you do this, make sure to begin the question with “This Question is for Eli…”
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