Many divorced parents want to know at what age their children can make decisions regarding the custody arrangement they are subject to. By Maryland statute, a 16 year old can file a petition with the Court in their own name seeking a change in custody.
Maryland Family Law Article 9-103 provides:
§ 9-103. Petition by child to change custody (a) Petition by child. -- A child who is 16 years old or older and who is subject to a custody order or decree may file a petition to change custody.
(b) Guardian or next friend not required. -- A petitioner under this section may file the proceeding in the petitioner's own name and need not proceed by guardian or next friend.
(c) Hearing required; amendment of custody order or decree. -- Notwithstanding any other provision of this article, if a petitioner under this section petitions a court to amend a custody order or decree, the court: (1) shall hold a hearing; and (2) may amend the order or decree and place the child in the custody of the parent designated by the child.