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This document provides general guidance regarding applications for child arrangements orders. Your family lawyer will be able to provide specific advice based on your circumstances.
A child arrangements order (CAO) is an order that regulates arrangements for a child that relate to any of the following:
with whom the child is to live, spend time or otherwise have contact
when the child is to live, spend time or otherwise have contact with any person
Contact simply means the time that a child spends with an adult. There are several ways that contact may take place:
direct contact between the child and the person named in the order
overnight staying contact
supervised contact, and
indirect contact through letters or cards
In rare circumstances, where the best interests of the child dictate, the court can order that there is no contact.
A CAO may specify the person with whom a child is to live, but not specifically where.
A CAO may provide for the child to live with one parent only or it may provide for the child to share their time between both parents.
An order that provides for a child to spend time with both parents does not necessarily mean the child’s time will be spent equally between their
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