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First of all, the court will take into consideration the wishes of the child but only if the court is convinced that the children can articulate their wishes, this normally takes place at around 12 years of age so it is unlikely that the court would take into account the wishes of the the children since they are so young. Even if they were old enough the measure for the court is what parent are in the best interests of the children. Their wishes are only taken into account by the court and other factors are as well. If there is abuse then you need to document evidence of this for the court. The mother cannot deny visitation and you need to file a motion to enforce the custody order and ask the court to make up lost visitation. This would also be a strike against her and if there is a material change in circumstance you can ask for modification and try to change the custody order.
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