Child Arrangement Orders

Child Arrangement Orders replaced residence and contact orders in April 2014. They cover arrangements relating to:

  • Who the child is to live, spend time or have contact with
  • When the child is to live, spend time or have contact with any person
  • How the child will have contact – ie telephone, email, actual contact etc

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Applying for Child Arrangement Orders

Who can apply for a child arrangement order?

The child’s mother, father or anyone with parental responsibility can apply for a court order. Other people, like grandparents, can apply for these court orders, but they’ll need to get permission from the courts before they can do so.

How do you apply for a child arrangement order?

If you have issues which are failing to be resolved with the other parent, you will need to consider applying for a child arrangement order. To help you through this process, we have created a flowchart showing you the legal process called the Child Arrangement Programme (CAP) which will end in resolution of your issues, either by agreement between yourselves or by order of the judge.