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What is the age a child can choose the divorced parent he wants to live with in the state of Rhode Island?

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In strict terms, a child cannot make a decision regarding his or her living arrangements. It is the duty of the parents and in some cases, the courts to decide where a minor child should live until the age of eighteen.

In practical terms, the older the child, the ore weight his or her opinion will carry, both with parents and with a court. If custody is disputed, it is the court that will have the final decision but as the child gets closer to eighteen years, the court is more likely to make an order in line with the child's wishes unless there are reasons why such an order should not be made.

It is important to remember that every case is different and the court will always make a decision in the best interests of the child. This decision is made for each and every child individually.
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