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Can My Kids Choose Where They Want To Live?


Not necessarily.

Courts are required to consider what is in the best interest of your child; and your child’s preference is just one of the factors that is used to determine what's in your child’s best interest. In fact, a child’s preference may not be considered by the court at all.

"..your child's preference is just one of the factors used to determine what's in your child's best interest."

A court will consider a child’s preference if the court, in its judgment, finds that the child is old enough and mature enough to express a preference. In some cases, Minnesota courts have recognized the preference of a child as young as eight years old. The older the child is, the more weight the court will give to a child’s preference.

A child's preference will be considered if the court determines that "the child is old enough and mature enough..."