A child arrangement order is an order from the Court where the court decides either where a child will live or who a child can spend time with and for how long.

After separation or divorce when the parents can't come to a decision on their own, one or both parents may apply to the court for a child arrangements order.

A 'child arrangements order' decides:

  • where your child lives;
  • when your child spends time with each parent;
  • when and what other types of contact take place (phone calls, for example).

'Child arrangements orders' replace 'residence orders' and 'contact orders'. Parents with these orders do not need to re-apply.

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Why a child arrangement order is necessary?

Divorcing or separating parents can't always come to an agreement on matters like child custody, especially if the separation has been an acrimonious one. When the parents can't come to a decision on their own, one or both parents may apply to the court for a child arrangements order. This order can stipulate where and with whom a child lives, when and where they have contact with a non-custodial parent, and certain other matters relating to the child's welfare.

What is the court procedure for a child arrangement order?

The child arrangement order application is made using application form C100. The child arrangements order application would need to explain the orders sought and the issues at hand. The family court will consider the child arrangements order application bundle before they issue it and thereafter the formal proceedings commence.

  • First Hearing Dispute Resolution Hearing (FHDRA)
  • Dispute Resolution Hearing (DRA)
  • Final Hearing

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