Child Social Care

Child Arrangements Order

What is a live with Child Arrangements Order?

A Child Arrangements Order to live with determines where your child shall live and who the primary carer will be, without social services being involved. These Orders were previously known as Full Residence Orders.

This Order is typically granted when a child’s parents have separated or divorced. The Order will determine where the child will live following the breakdown of the relationship. A Child Arrangements Order can also be made in respect of step-parents or other family members.

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How will the Court decide who the child should live with?

The Court will assess the child’s welfare when deciding on who the child should live with. This includes looking at the previous care for the child. Then ascertaining who can care for the child going forward, taking into account their welfare and upbringing.

Do I have to have Parental Responsibility to be granted a live with Child Arrangements Order?

You don’t already have to have parental responsibility of a child to be granted a live with Child Arrangements Order. If you are, however, granted this Order, you will automatically have parental responsibility for the period the Order is in place which will allow you the same rights as those who already hold it (Click here for more information on parental responsibility).

What do I need to do next?

If you are worried that this will happen to you and your child or it is happening to you then you must contact us immediately. We can act on your behalf, understanding your situation and working together with Social Services, the Courts and the Local Authority to ensure the best outcome for you and your child.

For further information and advice contact the Ringrose Law Children Department across Lincolnshire in Boston, Grantham, Lincoln, Sleaford and Newark.


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