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    Default Legal age to choose in Washington State

    What is the LEGAL age for a child to choose which parent he/she would like to live with? And does criminal activity have to be a consideration?

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    What is the LEGAL age for a child to choose which parent he/she would like to live with?
    In Washington State, a court will consider "the wishes of a child who is sufficiently mature to express reasoned and independent preferences as to his or her residential schedule ...". That is but one of many factors the court will consider.

    The age at which a child can choose? 18.

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    And does criminal activity have to be a consideration?
    A court will ordinarily consider criminal activity by a parent (or possibly by a child, if it appears to be a result of inadequate parenting) along with other relevant considerations when making a custody determination.

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