What is a Child Arrangements Order?

What are Child Arrangements Orders in the UK? How long does it take to get a Child Arrangement Order?

Kelly Grigg, a family lawyer at Richard Nelson LLP, explains what a child arrangement order is with examples and how long it takes to get a child arrangement order.

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What is a Child Arrangements Order?

A child arrangements order is an order which regulates the arrangements of a child to include:

  • Who the child is to live, spend time or otherwise have contact with
  • When the child is to live, spend time or have contact with either parent

Child Arrangement Order example

Contact between the parent and child can take the form of direct contact. Such as staying overnight, visiting, meeting for a meal or activity.

It can also take the form of indirect contact. For example, telephone calls, FaceTime, emails, sending or receiving cards for birthdays or festive celebrations.

Indirect contact is generally ordered when it is not suitable or appropriate for the child to see the parent directly, even if the contact is supervised.

How long does it take to get a Child Arrangement Order?

If you have parental responsibility for the child, then you can make your application to Court without having to seek prior permission. If you do not have parental responsibility, then you will need to seek permission from the Court to make your application first.

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Get in touch with Kelly to discuss child arrangement orders:Tel: 0333 888 40404


Or contact Richard Nelson LLP online.

Kelly Grigg is a family solicitor with a wealth of experience helping a wide range of clients on family law matters.

With years of experience comes the understanding that every family is different. Kelly offers assistance and representation at court on family law matters including divorce and separation; pre- and post-nuptial agreements; children matters; unmarried couples; financial matters; and domestic abuse and protection orders.

At what is a stressful and emotional time, Kelly prides herself in avoiding legal speak. She will clearly explain your options and the processes involved, so you feel in control every step of the way.

Kelly understands that family life can be hectic at the best of times and is happy to make arrangements for out of hours appointments where needed.


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