With tongue in cheek, it is said that the "age of election" is 18 in Michigan for a child of separated parents to choose with which parent to live. However, if a court is asked to decide custody and parenting time for a child under 18, the court is required to consider "the reasonable preference of the child, if the court considers the child to be of sufficient age to express preference." The court's failure to do so is an appealable error. When so required, the court conducts an interview with the child but not in open court.

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