Is a primary care giver entitled to great respect?

Nova Scotia, Canada

The following excerpt is from Burns v. Burns, 2000 NSCA 1 (CanLII):

The appellant mother refers to herself as the “primary care giver”, and therefore says that she should be considered to be the custodial parent whose views are entitled to “great respect” as formulated in the fourth point in the summary of the law as set out in Gordon v. Goertz, supra. The respondent father vehemently opposes any such designation, arguing that the parents shared custody and therefore his views are entitled to equal consideration. In fact, that is apparently the entirety of the respondent’s position.

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