The judgment notes that this was a “high conflict” case and the trial, spread over a year, took 42 days. The main issue at trial was the parenting of two children: A, 15, and T, 9. The children had been primarily parented by the mother before the separation, but by the time of trial, A was residing with the father. There was a custody and access report and a critique of the report. During the course of the hearing, the judge sought to obtain A’s views. A Hear the Child report prepared by JP Boyd resulted in the mother accepting A’s views, and conceding that A should live primarily with the father. The trial judge quoted from the Hear the Child report. His order reflected that A should be consulted about her desires about sharing holiday time.
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