My ex and I have 3 children together. They are now 13,10 and 7. Ever since he left there has always been dramas. I've gone through mediation, community justice centre, legal aid and family court to get orders for the kids so they can have structure and routine. The ex moved 1 1/2 hours away when he remarried and things are going from bad to worse when deciding what's best for the kids. The family court orders that we have now only specifies that the kids live with me and see him every other weekend, also school holidays , Christmas, Mothers Day/Fathers Day, are in the order. He has always been adamant in all mediations, legal documents that he didn't want them longer in the holidays or facilitate their activities because he wanted to spend quality time with the new wife as well. I've now got the issue of the 13-year-old saying he wants to live with his dad when he starts high school. His dad has always worked away from home, either driving trucks or in the mines, so he has never helped with any of his schooling, etc. I've got him enrolled in a private school down the road that will benefit him as he has always struggled with his language and comprehension. He will be put in a class that has a smaller class size, 2 teachers and extra lessons in English and maths to bring him up to standard. He was already enrolled in this school back in 2008 but ex-husband and I decided to defer until high school. He refused to sign the new forms, so I'm funding the school myself. The issue I have is my son now says he wants to live with his dad, but doesn't give a reason why and his dad has never done anything to help him with his education in the past. He doesn't facilitate any of the kids extra curricular activities and the kids have often come back to me saying stuff when we have conversations that they are not supposed to tell me stuff and that was supposed to be a secret. How much of the child's opinion is considered if it went to family court if the dad hasn't done anything to help with his education or activities?