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Child Arrangement Order

We understand the harmful impact such disputes have on you and your family. We shall aim to try to negotiate and agree on matters without the need for you to spend money on expensive Court proceedings. The Child Arrangement Order can assist with matters such as: who the children live with, who they spend time with or otherwise have contact with. These orders normally last until the children are aged 16 (or 18 in exceptional circumstances).

These orders can be applied by:
  • If you have lived with the child for at least 3 years in the last 5 years.
  • The parties to the marriage where the children are a party to the family.
  • If you have the consent of all those who have Parental Responsibility (See: the Parental Responsibility section below).
  • If there is a Child Arrangement Order in place and you have the consent of all the people, the children live with.
  • If the children are in care you can make an application if the Local Authority consent.

 

These orders can be applied:


1.   If you have lived with the child for at least three years in the last five years;
2.   The parties to the marriage where the children are a party to the family;
3.   If you have the consent of all those who have Parental Responsibility (See: Parental Responsibility section);
4.   If there is a Child Arrangement Order in place and you have the consent of all the people the children live with;
5.   If the children are in care, you can make an application if the Local Authority consent.

If you do not fall into the above categories, please do not worry as this does not automatically prevent you from making such an application. We would consider the circumstances of your case and where appropriate, we would prepare a formal application seeking the Court’s permission for you to proceed with the application. The Court will consider factors such as the merits of your application, connection to the children and if any such application would cause the children harm.;

Child Arrangement Order
 
The types of orders a Court can make:

Residence Order (inc Shared Residence Order)

This is an Order that settles the issues in regards to who the children should live with.

 

Prohibited Steps Order

This is an Order that prevents (‘prohibits’) the other parent from making a certain decision regarding the children’s upbringing. This would mean that you would be prohibiting 

Contact Order

This is an Order that settles the issues in regards to who the children shall have contact with and what other types of contact are to take place (i.e. phone calls).

 

Specific Issues Order

This is an Order that considers disagreements regarding specific issues about the children’s upbringing. In example, where the children go to school, what religion they practice or whether they should have a specific medical procedure

Parental Responsibility Order

If you hold parental responsibility you have “all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority which by law a parent of a child has in relation to the child and his property”. These types of applications commonly arise for unmarried fathers who want to share the parental responsibility held by the mother. 
 

Emergency Orders

We understand that sometimes emergency issues can arise, and you need immediate support and assistance. We are on hand to assist you and advise that you do not delay contacting our firm if such circumstances arise. 
Emergency Orders
 

Parental Responsibility ('PR')

These types of applications commonly arise for unmarried fathers who want to share the parental responsibility held by the mother. The PR can be acquired through:
  • Entering into a PR Agreement with the child’s mother - We can draft this for you and have it registered.
  • We can obtain a Child Arrangement Order from the Court which can also have the effect of determining who the children are to live and have contact with.
  • We can obtain a Parental Responsibility Order.
  • Jointly registering yourself on the birth certificate with the mother.
We can assist you by tailoring our services to your circumstances and then acting accordingly.
The issue of PR is a growing concern for unmarried fathers. We are an on-hand to assist you to get the same rights as mother
Parental Responsibility ('PR')
 

Rights for Grandparents

We appreciate the substantial input grandparents can have on the welfare of children. The positive influences that they can provide are considered second to none by many. If you are having trouble with achieving contact with your grandchildren, feel free to contact us and upon considering your circumstances we can our services to best assist you. We appreciate that there are no automatic rights for you to see grandchildren but do not stress as we can prepare an application to the Court informing the Court that contact should proceed as it is in the best interests of the children to spend time with their extended family.  The Court would consider factors such as the impact on the children, circumstances of the application and the connection to the children.
Rights for Grandparents
 

Call now for our experts to help you

 
We are experienced in helping clients to deal with disputes regarding children.
We do NOT charge you to initially discuss your matter and then we can discuss how we can assist you and your family.
We tailor our services to your matter by advising and guiding you to try an achieve the outcome you seek and an outcome that is in the best interest of your child(ren).
There is no harm in being prepared for the future. Pick up the telephone and see how we can help you.
 
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Expert Legal Assistance

The breakdown of a relationship is difficult. The situation can often be made worse when the parties are arguing regarding child arrangement matters. We consider it is vital for your children to have a structured approach to child arrangements. This should help to reduce the risk of harm they face. There are numerous aspects that we can assist with, including but not limited to: contact; residency; relocation, grandparents rights, name changes, relocation and parental responsibility. Please contact us to explain your circumstances and we can establish how we can assist you.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Azhar Hussain
Azhar Hussain
Head of Family Law Department
Azhar is an experienced, intelligent and dedicated professional, with a proven track record that includes high net worth clientele. He has developed his career within the competitive London legal sector and regularly advises on issues arising from the breakdown of a relationship. Including but not limited to: separation, children and financial affairs.
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