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.
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