What age is it in Tennessee that a child can say who she wants to live with?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question: 

What age is it in Tennessee that a child can say who she wants to live with?

State: 
Tennessee

Answer: 

The state of Tennessee will “listen” to the wishes of a minor child once they reach the age of 12. Like most states, Tennessee bases child custody and support decisions on what is in the best interests of the child. A child 12 or older can give their opinion as to which parent they would like to stay with. Children younger than age 12 can still state their preferences, but the court will not put as much weight on their views as with an older child. – The Divorce.com Team

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