We understand that one of the most stressful and contentious matters in dealing with the breakup of a relationship concerns arrangements for child contact and residence.
Without a doubt, both parties will want the best for their child and we appreciate that sometimes those parties may not see eye-to-eye.
If you and your former partner are not able to reach mutually agreeable arrangements for contact with your children, you may need to consider a Child Arrangements Order.
We can help.
A Child Arrangements Order provides for where a child should live or the amount of time a child should spend with a parent/guardian where there is a dispute between the parents. The Court view the welfare of your children as the first and paramount concern. We will encourage and assist you to agree arrangements with your former partner. In the event that it is not possible to reach agreement through negotiation or alternate dispute resolution such as mediation, we can assist in Children Act Proceedings.
When deciding about a Child Arrangements Order the court considers a statutory checklist known as the welfare checklist:
Where a child arrangements order is in force, the person who has the child living with them can take the child outside England and Wales for up to a month at a time without needing the permission of any other persons who have parental responsibility or the Court.
Child arrangements orders also provide someone who is not the legal parent of a child with parental responsibility for example:
Contact is considered the child’s right to see the other members of the family. The child’s welfare is paramount and the above welfare checklist is considered when considering any application for a child arrangements for a child to spend time with a parent/family member. Generally the courts believe that it is in a child’s best interests to maintain a relationship with both sides of the family.
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