Child Arrangement Order

What is a Child Arrangement Order?

A Child Arrangement Order means an order of the court relating to:

  • whom a child is to live, spend time or otherwise have contact with, and
  • when a child is to live, spend time or otherwise have contact with any person

Previously Child Arrangement Orders were referred to as ‘residence’ or ‘contact’ orders, however, the terminology was replaced in April 2014.

Attendance at a family mediation information and assessment meeting (MIAM) is compulsory before an application in private law proceedings relating to children may be issued unless a MIAM exemption or a mediator’s exemption applies.

When the court is considering a Child Arrangement Order, the child’s welfare will be the courts paramount concern and it will decide on what is the best outcome for the child. Often, the court will instruct Cafcass (an independent body who advises the family courts about what is safe for children) to compile a report regarding the best interests of the child.

How can we help?

SMK Solicitors can assist in navigating the process of applying for a Child Arrangement Order. We provide legal advice and support to help individuals understand their rights, obligations, and options when seeking a child arrangement order.

Our team is here to provide the support and guidance you need and assist families to reach safe and child-focused agreements for their child, where possible outside the court setting.

Contact us now to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards resolving your family law concerns.

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