Child arrangements orders—residence
Child arrangements orders—residence

The following Family practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Child arrangements orders—residence
  • Child arrangements orders—regulating living arrangements
  • Transitional provisions—impact of child arrangements orders on existing orders
  • Attendance at a mediation information and assessment meeting (MIAM)
  • Principles to be applied when making a CAO
  • Jurisdiction
  • Applicants
  • Duration of CAOs regulating with whom a child is to live
  • Restrictions on making a child arrangements order regulating with whom a child is to live
  • Directions and conditions
  • More...

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued, including by the President of the Family Division, regarding all proceedings in the Family Court in England and Wales during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and until further notice, which profoundly affects normal practice, including requirements for the majority of family hearings to be dealt with remotely. For details about the changes to court processes and procedures during this time, see Practice Note: Coronavirus (COVID–19)—news and resources for family lawyers. In addition, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) toolkit provides easy access to news, practical guidance and Q&As from across a number of Practice Areas (subject to subscription).

With particular regard to private law children proceedings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic guidance has been released by the President , Cafcass and  Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS), for full details of the guidance see Practice Note: Child Arrangements Programme—the procedure for section 8 applications—The procedure for section 8 applications—COVID-19.

This Practice Note sets out the procedure in regular circumstances, prior to the pandemic, and during this period of disruption to the justice system, practitioners should be aware that local practice may vary.

Child arrangements orders—regulating living arrangements

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 not been used in private law children proceedings.

CFA 2014, s 12 amended section

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