A child arrangements order specifies the amount of time an individual spends with a child or living arrangements for a child.  The order confers parental responsibility upon an individual if the order names him/her as a person with whom the child lives and he/she does not already have parental responsibility for the child.

A child arrangements order usually lasts until a child is aged 16.  However, the English Family Court can vary or discharge a child arrangements order if this is in the child's best interests.

There are different types of child arrangements order, namely:

  • A sole child arrangements order (in favour of one adult)
  • A shared child arrangements order (in favour of two or more adults)
  • An interim child arrangements order (a temporary order pending further court proceedings)

Your legal standing in respect of a child will govern whether you are entitled to apply for a child arrangements order or whether you must first make an application for leave.

The English Family Court can enforce a child arrangements order using a variety of methods in the event of non-compliance.

How we can help you

We provide experienced confidential specialist legal advice on:

  • entitlement to apply for a child arrangements order and applications for leave
  • court process and acquisition of a child arrangements order
  • court process to vary or discharge a child arrangements order
  • managing arrangements for children following relationship breakdown
  • acquisition and operation of parental responsibility 
  • acquisition and protection of legal parenthood
  • financial provision for a child
  • preparation of "specialist family proof" wills

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Arrange a meeting with Louisa Ghevaert, Partner and Head of the Fertility and Parenting Team at Michelmores: email louisa.ghevaert@michelmores.com or telephone +44(0)207 7886382.


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