At what age can a child choose where they will live?
A child cannot choose which parent they will reside with. Once the child attains the age of Eighteen (18), they are a legal adult and can make a decision at that time, should they choose to. Until that time, preferably the parents will make the decision together based on the best interests of the child. If the parents are unable to agree then either parent may bring a motion before the court and the court will make a decision based on the factors of the Child Custody Act.
Motion for Custody and Parenting Time Packet
Do I have to allow parenting time if child support payments are not being made?
Yes. Parenting Time and Child Support are separate parts of a court order, they are not contingent upon each other. Each has enforcement procedures to be used when that part of the order is not followed.
Click here for more information.
How do I get an order for custody and/or parenting time?
Custody and Parenting Time Motion Packet
How do I get an order for child support?
Child Support Motion Packet
Is the Friend of the Court responsible for making sure that child support is being spent on the children?
No. The law does not give anyone the authority to verify how child support payments are being spent.
The custodial parent is not allowing parenting time, do I have to continue to pay support?
Yes. Parenting time and child support are separate parts of a court order and they are not contingent upon each other. Each has enforcement procedures to be used when that part of the order is not being followed.
Click here for enforcement procedures.