The old “Residence” and “Contact” orders have been replaced by the Child Arrangements Order.
This is a change in emphasis to encourage parents to focus on the arrangements that are made for their children rather than the label given to it.
Child Arrangements Orders are defined as an order regulating arrangements relating to any of the following:
- With whom a child is to live, spend time with or otherwise have contact
- When a child is to live, spend time or otherwise have contact with any person.
The two main issues that parents will encounter are therefore still the question of where a child will live or reside and then the time they will spend with the parent that they do not live with.
Do grandparents have a right to contact with their grandchildren?
When a couple makes the decision to divorce, the breakdown of the relationship can have far-reaching consequences. Unfortunately, grandparents of any children of the relationship can suffer and even be prevented from seeing their grandchildren as often as they would like. However, there are certain actions grandparents can take to secure their relationship with their beloved grandchildren and in this article, we look at some of the solutions to a very sensitive legal problem.
Child maintenance: What happens if a parent doesn’t pay?
Under a child maintenance arrangement, child maintenance is usually paid by the parent who does not have day-to-day care of the child or does not usually live with the child. If this payment is not forthcoming, the receiving parent could launch a civil legal claim.
Child vaccinations and what happens when the parents disagree
Applying to Court for Children Arrangements
We've created a downloadable resource to help you to understand the key factors and procedures in applying to court.
We've created a downloadable PDF that can help parents to know their rights and responsibilities over their children from the start.