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When can the children decide where to live?

There is no magic or prescribed age. The Court must consider a range of issues, however the best interests of the child are paramount. The court is required to consider the views and wishes expressed by children while taking into account their level of understanding and the maturity, as well as any reasons for those views.

Another important consideration when deciding where children should live is the level of understand and co-operation that exists between the parents. It is critical that both parents work collaboratively and do not undermine each other’s parenting, especially when setting boundaries in areas such as managing social media, parties, drugs and alcohol usage

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