In care proceedings it is most often the case that the parties involved are a small circle consisting of the local authority, the parents, and the children through their representative, the children's guardian, a professional appointed by the court...
Relationship break-ups can be an emotional time for all members of the family. When children are involved it is important that parents come to an agreement over child care and contact arrangements. If an agreement cannot be reached between the parties or through mediation, a child arrangements order may be put in place. To speak to a member of the team regarding child arrangements orders, call 0203 816 0548.
Child arrangements orders are used when a dispute arises between families or separated parents regarding child care arrangements. They help families to reach a child-focused agreement when previous mediation has not helped to reach a conclusion.
A child arrangements order determines:
- Where your child lives;
- When they have contact with their parents; and
- When and what other types of contact can take place until the child is 16, or in exceptional circumstances, 18.