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Can they? No, but the court can appoint a guardian as litem to look after the interests of the child in any proceeding related to them. This is more of a court investigator rather than an advocate for the child. A child cannot choose the parent for them to live with per se. They can express a preference and if they are old enough and can express their thoughts, the court may weigh this preference in his/her decision. The child cannot initiate a hearing for custody and the court will not allow this.
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