This page explains the law on deciding where a child is to live including the different types of living arrangements and explaining the family court orders for residence.
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This how to guide explains the steps that you can take to enforce a Child Arrangements Order, a Contact Order or a Residence Order if one party has acted in breach of its terms.
This how to guide explains the steps that you can take to have a child live with you including how to apply to court for a Child Arrangements Order for residence.
This how to guide explains the steps that you can take to vary or discharge a Contact Order or Residence Order (granted prior to 22.04.2014) or Child Arrangements Order if the terms are no longer in the child's best interests.
Appealing an Education Health and Care Plan or a Statement of Special Educational NeedsBullyingClaiming against disability discrimination in schoolsComplaints against children’s servicesComplaints to schoolsContactDeclaration of parentageEnforcement of an Order for contact or residenceSEN Needs Assessments & Education, Health and Care PlansParental responsibilityRemoval from JurisdictionResidenceSchool admission appealsSchool exclusionSpecial Guardianship OrderVariation and discharge of an order for contact or residenceIf you have any issues accessing your How to Guide following purchase, then please contact the team - email@example.com who will be able to assist you.
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What is a Child Arrangements Order? A Child Arrangements Order is an order that regulates 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. Each Child Arrangements Order is decided on the circumstances of the individual family and on what is in the best interests of that particular child. This means that there is no such thing as a ‘usual’ arrangement. Child Arrangements Orders are governed by section 8 of the Children Act 1989. For information on applying for a…
This page explains how, in law, a person can be appointed to act as a guardian for a child in the event of a parent’s or a carer’s death.
This page provides answers to FAQ's regarding Christmas Holidays and the family law issues which are particularly relevant at this time of the year. Are the family courts closed over the Christmas holidays? Crown Courts, County Courts and the Royal Courts of Justice will close over the Christmas period on: Wednesday 25 December 2019 Thursday 26 December 2019 Friday 27 December 2019 Wednesday 1 January 2020 Some emergency courts may operate over the holiday. See court and tribunal finder for details. In the case of there being no court order in place, what should the arrangements be for residence/contact over the Christmas…
This page explains the process of family mediation, when mediation is necessary and the expected standards of a family mediator.