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Hi - my name is Kirk and I'm a Family Law litigation attorney here to assist you.
What you've been told is NOT true. A minor child never has the right to decide who he/she wants to live with. Instead, a child must wait until he/she is an adult (18) to decide this for him/herself
It is true, however, that the child can give his/her preference to the judge and the judge will consider it - but it is not outcome-determinative. Instead, the judge is required to do whatever is in the child's best interest - even if it is not what the child wants.