At Aristone Solicitors, we know that you only want what’s best for your child and will do whatever it takes to safeguard their wellbeing. Unfortunately, it’s sometimes necessary to involve the courts to resolve complex family issues
If you or your partner cannot reach an agreement prior to, during or after you separate, our expert child custody solicitors can help. Call the team at Aristone Solicitors anytime for more information on our expert family legal services.
What Are Child Arrangement Orders?
Previously known as Child Contact and Residence Orders, Child Arrangement Orders are applied for when the parents of a child are unable to agree on important issues regarding the child’s custody and upbringing. A child order may specify the following:
- Who the child lives with primarily
- Where the child lives
- How much time they spend with their other parent
- Involvement of other guardians
- The kind of contact other guardians are entitled to
Contact Orders and Residence Orders have been replaced with Child Arrangement Orders, which contain the same information/rulings in a single combined court order. If additional restrictions need to be placed on specific actions or activities on the part of a parent or guardian, a Prohibited Steps Order can be sought alongside a Child Arrangement Order.
Reaching an amicable resolution where Child Arrangement Orders are concerned can be complex and time-consuming. Due to the sensitivity of the issue, it can also be a daunting and distressing process. This is why Aristone Solicitors strongly recommends seeking expert legal advice at the earliest possible stage.
Contact a member of our experienced family legal team anytime to discuss your case in more detail.
Who Can Apply for a Child Arrangement Order?
In accordance with UK law, there are various different people in a child’s life who have the legal right to apply for a Child Arrangement Order, should they wish to do so. The most common examples of which include:
- Parents and legal guardians
- Anyone with parental responsibility
- A person in a marriage or civil partnership if the child is part of the family
- Someone who holds a residence card for the child
- An individual who has lived with the child for three or more years
- Anyone who has consent from the local authority if the child is in care
Along with the eligibility of the applicant, the court’s ruling will be determined primarily on the basis of the child’s immediate and ongoing wellbeing. As there may be strong arguments on both sides, it is imperative that you build and present the strongest possible case to support your application.
Contact Aristone Solicitors
At Aristone Solicitors, we take a 100% objective and non-judgmental approach to the family legal cases we take on. We understand the sensitivity and complexity of legal issues involving children, which is why we promise to show your case the professionalism and priority it deserves.
For more information or to discuss any aspect of our child custody legal services in more detail, contact a member of the team at Aristone Solicitors anytime.