Child Arrangements Programme—the procedure for section 8 applications

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

  • Child Arrangements Programme—the procedure for section 8 applications
  • The procedure for section 8 applications—COVID-19
  • Section 8 orders
  • Orders in private children proceedings
  • PLCO forms
  • Signposting services, parenting plans and public funding
  • Family Mediation Voucher Scheme
  • The child in the dispute
  • Attendance at a mediation information and assessment meeting (MIAM)
  • Overriding objective
  • More...

Child Arrangements Programme—the procedure for section 8 applications

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 provisions that relate to private law children proceedings see: The procedure for section 8 applications—COVID-19.

This Practice Note explains how to apply for an order under section 8 of the Children Act 1989 (a child arrangements order (CAO), a specific issue or prohibited steps order) under the Child Arrangements Programme (CAP), Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010), PD 12B. It identifies the respondents and anyone else to whom notice must be given and explains about attendance at a MIAM, allocation and gatekeeping, service requirements, the first hearing dispute resolution appointment (FHDRA) and the directions that may be given and the dispute resolution appointment (DRA). It also explains about settlement conferences, how to withdraw proceedings and orders

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