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Child arrangements

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What is a child arrangement order?

Making arrangements for your children can be among the most difficult issues that you will have to deal with following a relationship breakdown.

At Morr & Co, our team are experts in family law specialising in child arrangements and we understand the complex issues you are facing, we can provide advice and guidance on the best ways to resolve them. Our solicitors will help you to work out a way forward that suits your family and help you to reach constructive solutions that enable you and your former partner to co-parent effectively for the months and years ahead. We can also refer you to helpful support services including counsellors and therapists should you need them as the process progresses.

Why choose Morr & Co for child arrangement orders?

Our family and child law solicitors are also skilled and experienced in mediation, which can be a very useful tool in finding the best way to work together to address the individual needs of your children and parenting them together.

Morr & Co can help you with all issues relating to the continuing care and provision for your children, including:

  • Parental responsibility
  • Child Arrangements Orders setting out who a child lives with and spends time with
  • Grandparents’ rights
  • Removal from the Jurisdiction and Re-location Applications
  • Child maintenance
  • Financial claims on behalf of children including claims towards housing costs, top-up maintenance and school fees orders

Download our guide to child arrangement orders

Contact Our Family Team

Stephanie Calthrop-Owen

Stephanie Calthrop-Owen

Partner, Head of Department

Family

Our Guide on Child Arrangement Orders

Frequently Asked Questions

A child arrangements order determines with whom a child is to live, spend time with or otherwise have contact. This primarily relates to parents but the court can also make orders in relation to Grandparents

The court can also assist with practical arrangements such as:

  • Holiday arrangements and permission to travel overseas
  • Educational arrangements that cannot be agreed by parents
  • Medical issues that cannot be agreed by parents

Parents can apply for a child arrangements order providing they have parental responsibility for the child in question. If they do not, they need to obtain the permission of the court in order for their application to proceed.

Any third party with parental responsibility ( for example a grandparent or other family member) will need to obtain the permission of the court to make an application but this will usually be granted.

The welfare of the child is considered paramount. In reaching any decision the Judge and the Children and Family Court Advisory Service (known as ‘CAFCASS’) are guided by the following Welfare Checklist:

  • The ascertainable wishes and feelings of the child concerned (in light of the child’s age and understanding);
  • the child’s physical, emotional and educational needs;
  • the likely effect on the child of any change in circumstances;
  • the child’s age, sex, background and any characteristics which the court considers relevant;
  • any harm which the child has suffered or is at risk of suffering;
  • how capable each of the parents and any other relevant person is of meeting the child’s needs;
  • the range of powers available to the court.

Each case is considered on its facts and there is significant discretion on determining what might be the best arrangements for each individual child.

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