As of 22 April 2014, child arrangement orders replaced contact orders
and residence orders
as a single order within child proceedings.
What happens to pre-existing residence or contact orders?
Any contact or residence orders granted before this date will still stand. The terms will not have changed.
What happens when seeking a new order?
If you are seeking to apply for a new order, this will be dealt with as a child arrangements order. A child arrangements order deals with who the child is to live, spend time with or otherwise have contact with, and when this is to occur.
When deciding whether to make a child arrangements order the Court will still consider the welfare checklist
. Practically, they have the same effect as the contact and residence orders. On the face of it, very little appears to have changed, however as these orders are still relatively new the effect of these changes remains to be seen.
Our Family Law Team