Child Arrangement Orders

When you separate, concerns for your children’s welfare are bound to be your priority.  Our expert lawyers can give you the support and advice you need concerning the many aspects of the law relating to children. 

Many people still think of the arrangements for children in terms of custody and access.  Legally, those terms no longer have any meaning.  Where it is necessary to make orders about where a child should live or how often he or she should see the other parent, these orders are now called Child Arrangement Orders.  When disputes arise between parents about the welfare of the children, the Courts encourage parents to resolve these issues between themselves without applying for a Court Order.  Mediation is often a good way of resolving such issues, but if that is not suitable for you, or it is not possible to reach an agreement, an application to Court may be needed. 

We also frequently advise on Grandparents’ rights and represent other relatives and carers. 

The Court is able to deal with a wide range of issues affecting a child’s upbringing.  It can make a Specific Issue Order where you require the Court’s help in making a key decision about a child’s life or a Prohibited Steps Order where one parent objects to something the other parent is doing concerning the child.  

It may also be necessary to consider a Parental Responsibility Order relates to the rights and responsibilities a parent has towards a child and concerns the major decisions affecting the child’s life. 

If it is necessary to apply to Court (or if you are on the receiving end of an application made by someone else) we can represent you and for further information about the application please see our factsheet – Children: Procedure.

For more information about the Children Act Proceedings, click here




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