Information

Type of Family Law Orders

Private Children Law Orders

Type of order Description Application form Guidance form Costs
Child Arrangements Order
Section 8 Children Act 1989
A Child Arrangements Order decides the arrangements for whom a child is to live with, spend time with or otherwise have contact with and when a child is to live, spend time or otherwise have contact with any person.
C100
CB1
£215
Child Arrangements Order (Consent Order)
If an agreement can be reached regarding the arrangements for a whom a child is to live with and spend time with then a Consent Order can be applied for.
Consent Orders provide a mechanism to make an informal agreement legally binding and therefore enforceable through the Family Court.
C100
CB1
£215
Specific Issue Order
Section 8 Children Act 1989
An order giving directions for the purpose of determining a specific question which has arisen, or which may arise, in connection with any aspect of parental responsibility for a child.
C100
CB1
£215
Prohibited Steps Order
Section 8 Children Act 1989
An order that can be granted by the court to stop one parent from exercising their parental responsibility in a way that is not in the child’s best interests.
C100
CB1
£215
Vary or Discharge a Child Arrangements Order, Specific Issue Order or Prohibited Steps Order
Section 8 Children Act 1989
An application can be made to vary or discharge any section 8 order.
C100
CB1
£215
Enforcement of Child Arrangements Order
Section 11J Children Act 1989
An application for an Enforcement Order can be sought due to the breakdown of a Child Arrangements Order.
The court can only make an Enforcement Order if it is satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that a person has failed to keep to the Child Arrangements Order. The court cannot make an Enforcement Order if it is satisfied that the person had a reasonable excuse for failing to keep to the Child Arrangements Order.
C79
CB5
£215
Breach of a subsequent enforcement order
An application to revoke, amend, extend or take action following the breach of an existing Enforcement Order.
C79
CB5
£95
Attach a warning notice to a Contact Order
If a Contact Order has been granted prior to 8th December 2008, the person with whom the child is to have contact with under the order may need to apply for a Warning Notice to be attached to the Contact Order before they can apply for enforcement.
C78
CB5
£50
Declaration of Parentage
Section 55A Family Law Act 1986
An application to request that the court determine a child’s parentage.
C63
£365
Parental Responsibility Order
Section 4(1)(c) Children Act 1989
An order which unmarried fathers can apply for when the mother refuses to allow the father to be registered or re-registered on the birth certificate, or refuses to sign a Parental Responsibility Agreement with him.
C1
CB1
£215
Step- Parental Responsibility Order
Section 4A(1)(b) Children Act 1989
A step-parent can apply for a Step-Parental Responsibility Order if they are married to or in a civil partnership with the mother or father of the child.
C1
CB1
£215
Appointment of a Guardian
Section 5 Children Act 1989
A guardian appointed under this section will generally take over parental responsibility for the child after the death of a parent.
C1
£215
Discharge of a Guardian
Section 6(7) Children Act 1989
Any appointment of a guardian under section 5 may be brought to an end at any time by order of the court on the application of any person who has parental responsibility for the child; on the application of the child concerned, with leave of the court; or in any family proceedings, if the court considers that it should be brought to an end even though no application has been made.
C1
£215
Removal from Jurisdiction Order
Sections 13(1) or 14C of the Children Act 1989
An order granting a parent permission to remove the child from the jurisdiction of England and Wales. This may be for a temporary period or longer-term/permanent period.
C1
CB1
£215
Special Guardianship Order
Section 14A Children Act 1989
An order made by the Family Court that places a child or young person to live with someone other than their parent(s) on a long-term basis. The person(s) with whom a child is placed will become the child’s Special Guardian.
C1, C13A
CB4
£215
Discharge of Special Guardianship Order
Section 14 D(1) Children Act 1989
The court may discharge a special guardianship order on the application of the prescribed persons under section 14D(1) Children Act 1989.
C1
CB4
£215
An order in existing proceedings
An application to request directions in Children Act proceedings, and to request orders (other than s.8) in existing proceedings.
C2
CB1
£155
To be joined as a party to proceedings
An application to be made a party to proceedings which you are not automatically a party to.
C2
CB1
£155
Permission to apply for a court order
An application to seek permission from the court to apply for an order if you are not automatically permitted to apply for the order.
C2
CB1
£155
Order authorising the search for, taking charge of and delivery of a child
Section 34 Family Law Act 1986
An order that instructs the police and authorises the use of force to recover a child and deliver the child to the person named in the order.
C3
£215
Order for disclosure of a child’s whereabouts
Section 33 Family Law Act 1987
If there are ongoing proceedings for a section 8 order or wardship, the court has the power to issue an order for any person to disclose the whereabouts of a child if his whereabouts are not known.
Any person with a legitimate interest in the court proceedings may apply for the order.
C4
£0
Mirror Orders
Council Regulation (EC) 2201/2003 or the 1996 Hague Convention
An order made in one country which reflects the original order made in another country. Mirror Orders are often made in circumstances where living and contact arrangements have been made and the child then moves to another country.
C69
£0

Agreements

Type of Agreement Description Application Form Guidance Form Cost 
Parental Responsibility Agreement
Section 4(1)(b) Children Act 1989
Parents can use this form to record an agreement that the biological father should be granted parental responsibility for the child.
C(PRA1)
Guidance is contained on the application form
£0
Step- Parental Responsibility Agreement
Section 4A(1)(a) Children Act 1989
Record an agreement between a child’s parents and a step-parent (who is the spouse or civil partner of a parent) that the step-parent should have parental responsibility for the child.
C(PRA2)
Guidance is contained on the application form
£0

Adoption

Type of Order Description Application Form Guidance Form Cost 
Adoption Order
Section 46 Adoption and Children Act 2002
An application for a non- agency adoption.
Non-agency adoption is the name given to adoption applications which involve a child who has not been placed with the prospective adopter by an adoption agency.
A58
A58 Notes
£170
Post- Adoption Contact
Section 51A Adoption and Children Act 2002
An order requiring the adoptive parent to allow the child to have contact with the person named in the order or prohibiting the person named in the order from having contact with the child.
A53
A53 Notes

Protective Injuctions

Type of Order Description Application Form Guidance Form Cost 
Non- Molestation Order
Section 42 Family Law Act 1996
A Non-Molestation Order prevents the Respondent from using or threatening violence against you (and if applicable, your child/children) or intimidating, harassing or pestering you.
This is to ensure your health, safety and well-being (and if applicable that of your child/children).
FL401
FL700
£0
Occupation Order
Section 33 Family Law Act 1996
An Occupation Order controls who can live in a property. It can also restrict the Respondent from entering a certain area.
If you do not feel safe living with the Respondent or you have left because of violence or intimidation and want to return without the Respondent being there, the order you would apply for is an Occupation Order.
FL401
FL700
£0
Vary, extend or discharge a Non- Molestation Order or Occupation Order
Parts 4 and 4A Family Law Act 1996
An application can be made to vary, extend or discharge a Non- Molestation Order or Occupation Order.
Please note only the respondent’s first attempt to challenge a non-molestation order is free. Any further attempts require a fee of £95.
FL403
£0

Supplementary Application Forms

Type of Form Description Application Form Guidance Form Cost 
Fee Exemption Form
If you are on a low income or in receipt of benefits then you can apply for help with the court application fee by completing this application form.
EX160
EX160A
£0
For contact details to remain confidential
If you do not wish for your address or phone number to be disclosed to the Respondent then you can apply for your contact details to remain confidential by completing this application form.
C8
£0
Mediation Form (not used with a C100 application)
If you are making an application on form C1 or C2 then you must submit this supplementary form to evidence that you have attended a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting or to exempt yourself from attending (if an exemption applies in your circumstances).
FM1
£0