This is a question frequently asked by our clients, the Act states that the children’s wishes must be taken into account amongst all other factors.
There are no set age limits where their wishes are given more consideration. A rough guideline is that 8 years or over and the court will take into account their wishes and once they become teenagers their views would be given serious consideration.
However the key objective is ensuring the outcome provides the best solution for the child’s physical and emotional well being.
Lucy Thomas, Director discussed this in a recent radio interview.