Tampa Divorce Lawyer


My child wants to live with me.  I heard he can decide at age 12 where he wants to live.  Is this true?

This is one of the most misunderstood issues in Florida law.  The common misconception is that the minor child can decide at age 12. This is absolutely not true.  A child cannot decide where he or she wants to live until the age of 18.  The law in Florida does state that the court will consider the reasonable request of a minor child if the child is of sufficient age and maturity.  It is up to the court to determine whether or not to allow the child to testify.  In my experience, most of the time courts do not like to involve the child.