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Child arrangement orders

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A Child Arrangement Order is a legally binding order made by a court to establish who a child should live with and determine the amount of time they should spend with their parents or other family members. If you are a parent you can seek a Child Arrangement Order through the Court. Grandparents can also apply for such an order but firstly require the Court’s permission to do so. Such orders are commonly sought in cases where the parents have separated or when obstacles arise that prevent grandparents from having access to their grandchildren.

In essence, a Child Arrangement Order serves as a framework for promoting the well-being of the children involved, particularly during emotionally challenging times such as separation or divorce, when relationships may be strained. If you are considering applying to the court and need assistance, please reach out to our team.

We are here to guide you through the process and can provide support with mediation, which is typically required prior to making an application.

Why do I need a Child Arrangements Order?

There are numerous situations that may lead you to consider applying to the court for a Child Arrangements Order. These reasons can vary greatly, ranging from the need to establish specific arrangements for your child’s daily life to addressing issues like changing a child’s surname or resolving disputes related to school holidays. 

It’s important to recognise that each case is family specific, and seeking guidance from a specialist is strongly recommended to receive appropriate advice tailored to your specific circumstances.

What will a court consider when making a Child Arrangements Order?

When parties are unable to reach a mutual agreement, the court takes several factors into account. These factors encompass the child’s best interests and include considerations such as the child’s wishes and feelings, particularly when they are older. The court also evaluates the child’s physical, emotional, and educational requirements, as well as the potential impact of any substantial changes in their circumstances. 

Additional factors taken into consideration include the child’s age, any known instances of harm or potential risks to the child themselves and the respective abilities of each parent to meet the child’s needs. 

These elements collectively shape the court’s decision-making process with the ultimate goal of safeguarding the child’s well-being.

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