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A child arrangements order (CAO) is an order made by the court under section 8 of the Children Act 1989 (ChA 1989). A CAO sets out with whom a child, or children, should live, and when they are to live, spend time or otherwise have contact with any person. ChA 1989, s 8(1) specifically states:
‘(1) In this Act—"child arrangements order" means an order regulating arrangements relating to any of the following—(a)with whom a child is to live, spend time or otherwise have contact, and(b)when a child is to live, spend time or otherwise have contact with any person;’
‘(1) In this Act—
"child arrangements order" means an order regulating arrangements relating to any of the following—
(a)with whom a child is to live, spend time or otherwise have contact, and
(b)when a child is to live, spend time or otherwise have contact with any person;’
If a party wishes to have a CAO in place, they can apply to the court, however in accordance with ChA 1989, s 1(5) the court must not make the order unless it considers that doing so would be better for the child than making no order at all, see Practice Note: The no order principle.
ChA 1989, s 9 sets out the restrictions to making such an order, which include in respect of a child who is in the care of a local authority or a
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