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Since 22 April 2014, when section 12 of the Children and Families Act 2014 (CFA 2014) came into effect, the terms 'residence' and 'contact' have no longer been used in private law children proceedings.
CFA 2014, s 12 amended section 8(1) of the Children Act 1989 (ChA 1989) by removing the definitions of 'contact order' and 'residence order' and inserted instead a new single order called a child arrangements order (CAO).
A CAO means an order relating to:
whom a child is to live, spend time or otherwise have contact with, and
when a child is to live, spend time or otherwise have contact with any person
Note that the President of the Family Division has issued a range of standard orders regarding private law children proceedings, see Practice Note: Standard orders—private children. The standard orders include:
Order 7.2—Private Law Case Management Directions and Orders Precedent Library
Order 7.8—Private Law Direction on Enforcement Application
Order 7.2 is framed as a library of precedents rather than order templates. It includes, at the start, hyper-linked tables of contents to make selection easier. According to the guidance the idea is that clauses, selected from the relevant precedent library, are used to augment and/or modify the shorter form template orders 7.3–7.6.
Note that on 17 June 2019, the President issued guidance relating to the form of orders to be used
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