When courts are deciding child arrangement orders they make a presumption that it is preferable for a child to have both parents involved in their lives. The child’s best interests are always the court’s top priority when they are considering how often a child should see the parent they are not living with. Many factors can play a part in their decision including the age of the child and how close the parents live to each other.
Contact on alternate weekends is sometimes used so both parents will get weekend time with their children. However, this may not work in some situations such as when children are very young, because spending large lengths of time away from their primary carer may be too distressing. If this was the case and contact had to be shorter for the other parent, the court would build into the order that as the child grew older contact could happen for longer periods of time.
Child arrangement orders can also include phone calls, webcam chats and even emails between the child and the other parent. This is more usual where the parents live a large distance apart.
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