Absolutely not. New Jersey considers many factors in determining the best interest of a child, only one of which is the child’s preference. NJSA 9:2-4 In looking towards the child’s preference, it is the fact finder’s obligation to consider whether the child has been influenced or swayed in setting out their desire. The ways in which an evaluator can see parental influence (sometimes referred to as parental alienation) are subtle but the influence is clear.