Choosing Which Parent to Live With

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Your parents are splitting up. They disagree on how much time you should spend with each of them. Do you get to decide? Are you allowed to give your opinion?

You have the right to give your opinion.

If you are mature enough, you have the right to give your opinion on how much time you want to spend with each parent. Here are some ways you can do this:

The judge has the final say. But don’t worry: she’ll do what’s best for you.

You have a right to give your opinion, but you don’t have to. This means that you aren’t forced to decide which parent to live with.

Also, if your parents try to influence you or force you to choose between them, you can get help. You can talk it over with one of these people:

Your opinion is important to the judge.

Your opinion is very important to the judge, so you need to think carefully about what you say.

How old are you?  

8 to11 years old

The judge must pay close attention to your opinion.

12 years or older

Your opinion will have a lot to do with what happens.

Judges usually respect a teenager’s preference about how much time to spend with each parent.

Important !
This article explains in a general way the law that applies in Quebec. This article is not a legal opinion or legal advice. To find out the specific rules for your situation, consult a lawyer or notary.