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Child Arrangements

Coming to agreement when making decisions regarding your children can be one of the biggest challenges facing parents who have separated. If you are going through this process, we understand your top priority will be to look after your child’s physical and emotional wellbeing. This means finding the right solution early so that everyone can settle sooner after this difficult and unnerving time.

What are Child Arrangements?

If you divorce or separate from your partner and you have children, you’ll need to agree where your children live and how much time they spend with each of you. This is called making 'child arrangements'.

Child Arrangements are either agreed by the parents or ordered by the Court if an arrangements cannot be mutually agreed.

How can agreement be reached?

We often find that parents, or other adults who may be involved, prefer to come to an arrangement themselves rather than taking the matter to court. This is often the best solution as everyone is part of the decision-making process, and it saves time, money and potential bitterness that going to court might cause. Our fixed fee ‘Know where you stand’ meetings are incredibly useful here as after attending the meeting and digesting the follow up letter, you’ll feel better prepared to approach these conversations over child arrangements and financial arrangements over the kitchen table or via Mediation.

If not agreed, we can assist in the negotiations with the other parent through via other approaches such as Collaborative law or Arbitration. If an agreement is still unable to be made then we can help with making an application to the court of a Child Arrangement Orders.

Child Arrangement Orders

A Child Arrangement Order is made under Section 8 of the Children Act 1989. The Section 8 Orders are;

  • Order that a child lives with you (formerly knowns as custody or residence order)
  • Order that a child spends defined time with you (formerly known as access and contact)
  • Prohibited step orders - e.g. preventing the removal of a child from their carer, their home or the country
  • Specific Issue orders - e.g. which school a child should attend

The family law team at Amphlett Lissimore are all members of Resolution, which means we are committed to resolving family disputes in a non-confrontational manner. As members, we encourage solutions that consider the needs of the whole family - and in particular the best interests of children. We also offer advice and tips on Parenting after Parting, an initiative developed by Resolution, which our Family Law partner Liz Edwards, was closely involved in its set up.

If you would like to discuss making arrangements for your children following a separation, contact our expert team on 020 8771 5254 for a free initial assessment of your legal matter.

Team members

Liz Edwards
Carole Hack
Litigation Executive
Crystal Palace
Samantha O'Dwyer
Solicitor & Family Mediator
West Wickham

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