In Missouri, as in many other states, the court considers the best interests of the child when determining custody arrangements. While the preferences of older children may be taken into account, there isn’t a specific age at which a child can choose which parent to live with. The court typically considers various factors, including the child’s age, physical and mental health, the parents’ ability to provide a stable home environment, and the child’s adjustment to their current home, school, and community.
In some cases, the court may appoint a guardian ad litem or a child custody evaluator to assess the child’s best interests and make recommendations to the court. However, the final decision is usually made by the judge based on the totality of the circumstances.
It’s essential to consult with a family law attorney in Missouri for advice specific to your situation, as family law matters can be complex and can vary depending on the details of each case.
At Raza Family Law Solutions, we practice family law effectively guiding clients through prenuptial and post nuptial agreements, dissolution of marriage, modifications of prior judgments, and resolving child custody disputes. We also help families take a different approach to divorce with mediation and collaborative work. Contact us for a consultation at (314) 314-5505.