What is a Child Arrangements Order?

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We have set out some information about how our children solicitors can help with Child Arrangement Orders here.

A Child Arrangements order is a court order that says where a child is to live and when they should spend time with a person. Child Arrangements Orders are usually made to set out the arrangements between a child’s parents but can be made for other family members or friends. In care proceedings they might be used when the court has decided that a child should live with their dad, for example, and there are no concerns about his care so the local authority don’t need to stay involved but he needs to be given parental responsibility and for the live with arrangements to be set out clearly so the police can assist in returning the child if there are problems.


Parents don’t lose parental responsibility when a Child Arrangements Order is made saying their child should live with someone else. More than one person can be listed on a Child Arrangements Order, for example if the grandparents and one of the parents are going to parent together and live at the same address.

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