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How old does a child have to be in Iowa to decide which parent they want to live with?

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Minors are not allowed to decide with whom they wish to live. A judge usually takes into consideration a child's opinion if the child is mature enough to understand the issues involved but the judge is under no obligation to follow the child's choice. Custodial decisions are always based upon what is in the best interest of the child and not the preference of any involved party. Either parent can file a petition to have the current custodial arrangement rescinded or amended but they must have a compelling reason for the court to make a change.

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