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How much consideration do courts give the child’s preference?

Courts will sometimes take into consideration a child’s preference, but only if the child is old enough to make a reasonable decision - a teenager’s preferences will carry much more weight than a five-year-old child’s preference, for instance. Courts will, however, pay special attention to the reasons why a child prefers to live with one parent over another if the child can express a valid reason for living with that parent.