Can a child choose to live with an adult sibling instead of a parent?


A child’s preference to live with an adult sibling can be considered by the court under certain circumstances, but it is not automatically determinative. The court’s primary focus is the child’s best interests, and the child’s preference must align with those interests. These types of cases are rare and the basis of the child(ren)’s preference would need to be extraordinarily compelling before the court issues such an order.

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