When can my child decide which parent he wants to live with?

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There is no set age at which a minor child can legally decide which parent he or she would like to live with under North Carolina law. When determining matters of child custody, the Court will always use the best interests of the child standard. It is in the Court’s discretion whether to consider a child’s wishes with regard to parent preference.  A particular judge may hear testimony from a minor child and choose to consider the child’s wishes as a factor in its child custody ruling, but ultimately the custody determination must be in the overall best interests of the child.

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