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A child arrangements order (CAO) is an order made under section 8 of the Children Act 1989 (ChA 1989) that provides:
with 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
For the purposes of ChA 1989, a child is defined as a person under the age of 18 (ChA 1989, s 105(1)).
The duration of a CAO is subject to a series of restrictions contained in ChA 1989. ChA 1989, s 9 imposes restrictions on the duration for which a CAO can be made in relation to the age of the child—there are distinctions depending on whether it is a CAO that regulates living arrangements or a CAO that regulates contact arrang
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