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Since 22 April 2014 residence and contact orders have been replaced by child arrangement orders (CAOs). A CAO means an order regulating arrangements relating to any of the following:
with whom a child is to live, spend time or otherwise have contact, and
when a child is to live, spend time or otherwise have contact with any person
In so far as a CAO regulates a child's living arrangements it covers those matters that were formerly dealt with by a residence order.
The transitional provisions that apply to the introduction of CAOs provide that a pre-existing residence order shall be deemed to be a CAO that regulates the living arrangements for the child.
As, after 22 April 2014, a residence order shall be deemed to be a CAO that regulates living arrangements, the previous authorities in relation to residence orders may be regarded as applying to the circumstances in which the court will make provision within a CAO relating to the person(s) with whom a child is to live.
Before 22 April 2014 section 11(4) of the Children Act 1989 (ChA 1989) provided that a residence order could be made in favour of more than one person. That section has now been revoked. However, the definition of a CAO
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