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Child Arrangements Order

Child arrangement orders are one of the most critical components of any divorce or separation.

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Child arrangement orders are one of the most critical components of any divorce or separation. The Court wants to ensure the child’s needs are met in the best possible environment. A component of that often means ensuring a child can remain a part of both parents’ lives. Yet, it is often very difficult for families to come to a decision on what is best or even ideal for the child. With the help of a child arrangement order solicitor from Austin Kemp, we can help you navigate this process.

What Is a Child Arrangement Order?

A child arrangement order is a legal decision from the Court that provides details on the child’s care after a divorce or separation. It will include where the child will live and how the parents will divide time between the child. The order is made in a Court legally and is binding that both parents follow it.

In England and Wales, child arrangement orders have replaced Contact Orders and Residence Orders. Our child custody solicitors and family law legal team can help you work through this process by advising and assisting you in the creation of such orders.

Whenever possible, it is best for the parents to make arrangement decisions together in a collaborative environment. When parents cannot agree on these terms or on a fair divorce settlement, the decision is put into the hands of the Court. Ensure your child arrangements order is managed properly with the help of our family law solicitors.

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How Can Austin Kemp’s Divorce Solicitors Help You?

We cannot make decisions for you. We can assist you in ensuring your rights and those of your child remain protected throughout the legal process. In that way, the legal team at Austin Kemp can provide you with a wide range of insights and tools to help navigate this process. That includes:

  • Explaining the law and the legal process of establishing child arrangement orders to you.
  • Helping you to negotiate with other child custody solicitors working with the other parent.
  • Negotiating terms and conditions with the Court and advising you with a wide range of needs.
  • Supporting you in pursuing the necessary financial order to meet the needs of your child.
  • Provide insight into other aspects of the divorce proceedings, including helping with property transfers and assisting in forensic accounting as needed.

Allow us to set up a consultation with you as the first step. Our family law solicitors will provide you with insight into all of your legal options and rights during your consultation.

Who Can Apply for a Child Arrangement Order?

A child arrangement order is typically completed by a biological parent of a child during a divorce or separation. However, there are other situations where someone else may wish to appeal to the Court for this order to occur. This could include anyone that has parental responsibility for the child. This could include a step parent, guardian, grandparent, or another relative of the child.

In some situations, a grandparent may wish to seek out an order from the Court when a parent is not or cannot care for the child or when the grandchild has not been allowed to see the grandparent. If the grandchild is being unfairly restricted from the grandparent, the court may issue a child arrangement order to support that.

If you are in this situation, reach out to our child custody solicitors at Austin Kemp to gain more information about your rights and the legal process.

What Occurs When Making an Application for a Child Arrangement Order?

For those who wish to pursue a child arrangement order, the first step is typically to complete a Mediation Information Assessment Meeting or MIAM. This meeting is required for all parties involved to attend, where a qualified mediator will work to communicate between all parties to create a solution or plan that meets everyone’s needs. In some situations, a dispute may make this difficult, in which case an alternative dispute resolution process may be used, such as mediation. If this does not lead to a satisfactory outcome, the case goes on to the Court.

It is typically less demanding and costly to work through mediation to resolve these types of disputes, but there may be situations where this is not appropriate, such as instances in which domestic violence is occurring, or the safety of the child is at risk.

When it is not possible, your solicitor will help you to submit the necessary documentation to the Court with the declaration of seeking a child arrangement order. A hearing date is then established, which all parents and guardians of the child must attend. In addition, a representative from the Children and Family Court Advisory Service (CAFCASS) will also attend. The goal is to try to come to a resolution and to have the arrangement made. Many cases are resolved during this initial meeting. If that does not happen, the Court ultimately makes its decision in the case.

What Factors Play a Role in the Decisions of the Court?

There are many components to this decision. It may include:

  • The wishes of the child, if the child is old enough and capable of making such statements
  • The emotional, physical, and educational needs of the child
  • Any type of suffering, danger, or neglect that the child has experienced
  • The capacity of each parent to meet the child’s needs

How Austin Kemp’s Solicitors Can Work to Meet Your Needs?

Working closely with our child custody solicitors at Austin Kemp will empower you to go through this process in the best way possible. We can help you with all types of complications in divorces or separations, including:

  • Buying real estate after a divorce
  • What happens when assets or money are hidden
  • Determining how much you are entitled to in the divorce
  • How arrangement orders can be changed in the future
  • How financial decisions are made

It is critical that you have a solicitor working to support your needs. Contact Austin Kemp’s child arrangement order solicitor for more information and guidance.

Let Our Surrogacy Solicitors Help You Today

At Austin Kemp, we are committed to working closely with parents and surrogates to create an efficient process. As surrogacy continues to grow as a popular option for children, it is more critical than ever to have a legal relationship established early on. We can help you to do that and much more.

Contact Austin Kemp today to discuss your needs. Let us provide legal guidance to you regarding every phase of the surrogacy process.

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