How much weight should the court give to the children’s preferences?

Ontario, Canada

The following excerpt is from Campbell v. Campbell, 2014 ONSC 6454 (CanLII):

As for what kind of weight should be given to the children’s preferences, the case of Puentes v. Reed [2007] O.J. 3184 states that “wishes are given great respect by this court, [but] they are not determinative of the outcome, particularly where [the child’s] wishes appear to be influenced by a parent who appears to be distressed over matters not related to access.”

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