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A CHILD ARRANGEMENT ORDER IS AN ORDER GIVEN BY THE COURT THAT LAYS OUT RESPONSIBILITIES FOR A CHILD. OUR SOLICITORS ARE HERE TO HELP YOU REACH AN ARRANGEMENT THAT MEETS YOUR FAMILY’S NEEDS.

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SUBMIT
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COPARENT
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

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SAFEGUARDING
CHECKS

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INITIAL
HEARING

SUBMIT APPLICATION

3 DAYS – 3 WEEKS

The relevant paperwork is submitted to the court. The court will then issue the application and sends it to the CAFCASS (Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service). We will then serve a copy of the court papers to the other parent.

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THE WHAT IF’S…

If you’re having a difficult time in your relationship, calling a solicitor can feel like a very final step to take.

Sometimes, all you want is to understand the “if’s”. IF you were to separate, what would happen? IF you wanted to get a divorce, what would that look like?

Our solicitors are here to give you a free consultation in which you can ask any questions that you have without any pressure to take the next steps.

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If you are going through a divorce, thinking about a divorce, are newly separated, or already divorced, then this group is for you. Divorce can be challenging, but it is also a real opportunity for personal growth and change.

AVON RELATE

Relate Avon is a member of the Relate Federation and has provided services in the areas of Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire for over 60 years. www.relate-avon.org.uk

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Network Counselling is staffed by professional counsellors who volunteer their time to provide an affordable counselling service to the people of Bristol and surrounding areas. No one is turned away through lack of ability to pay. They offer a welcoming, safe and confidential space where people can be listened to, accepted and understood; where they can be supported in exploring the problems they face and finding their own way forward.

THE ANSWERS TO YOUR
CHILD FAMILY QUESTIONS

ANSWERED BY

HANNAH READ

HEAD OF FAMILY

WHAT IF WE WERE NEVER MARRIED OR IN A CIVIL PARTNERSHIP?

In opposite-sex couples, if you are unmarried and have legal parental responsibility (biological parent or adoptive parent) then you have the same rights to your child as any married parent.

The law is slightly different for same-sex couples. Your legal rights to a child will depend on how the child was conceived or came into the family.

In any case, it’s best to get in touch with one of our family lawyers before taking any action.

WILL WE HAVE TO GO TO COURT?

A court order is not a legal requirement. If you are able to reach an agreement between yourselves that meets everyone’s needs, then you don’t always have to speak to a solicitor.

However, we would always recommend getting your agreement written up by one of our family lawyers in case things change in the family at a later date. You can also choose to have your agreement approved by the court to make it legally binding.

You can also choose to have your agreement mediated by a solicitor to help you reach an amicable agreement between the two of you. This does not require going to court.

WILL I HAVE TO SEE MY EX SPOUSE?

Our ethos is to always try to keep the family unit as functional as possible following a separation of divorce, even if it’s difficult in the beginning.

If however, there is a more serious reason why you may not wish to see your ex spouse such as abuse, it may be possible to proceed through the divorce and child arrangement process without seeing them, as well as presenting a case for them not being able to see your children.

WHO CAN APPLY FOR A CHILD ARRANGEMENT ORDER?

Either parent can apply for a child arrangement order, as can:

  • A step-parent
  • Anyone who has been granted a child arrangement order that stipulates that the child must live with them
  • Any person that the child has lived with for at least 3 years

Anyone else, including grandparents, must get permission from the court and show that they have had a significant role in the child’s life before they can apply for an order.

HOW LONG DOES A CHILD ARRANGEMENT TAKE?

There is no fixed time frame for how long it will take to achieve a final order, however on average it can take between 6 – 12 months.

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ASK A QUESTION

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ASK A QUESTION

WHAT IF WE WERE NEVER MARRIED OR IN A CIVIL PARTNERSHIP?

In opposite-sex couples, if you are unmarried and have legal parental responsibility (biological parent or adoptive parent) then you have the same rights to your child as any married parent.

The law is slightly different for same-sex couples. Your legal rights to a child will depend on how the child was conceived or came into the family.

In any case, it’s best to get in touch with one of our family lawyers before taking any action.

WILL WE HAVE TO GO TO COURT?

A court order is not a legal requirement. If you are able to reach an agreement between yourselves that meets everyone’s needs, then you don’t always have to speak to a solicitor.

However, we would always recommend getting your agreement written up by one of our family lawyers in case things change in the family at a later date. You can also choose to have your agreement approved by the court to make it legally binding.

You can also choose to have your agreement mediated by a solicitor to help you reach an amicable agreement between the two of you. This does not require going to court.

WILL I HAVE TO SEE MY EX SPOUSE?

Our ethos is to always try to keep the family unit as functional as possible following a separation of divorce, even if it’s difficult in the beginning.

If however, there is a more serious reason why you may not wish to see your ex spouse such as abuse, it may be possible to proceed through the divorce and child arrangement process without seeing them, as well as presenting a case for them not being able to see your children.

WHO CAN APPLY FOR A CHILD ARRANGEMENT ORDER?

Either parent can apply for a child arrangement order, as can:

  • A step-parent
  • Anyone who has been granted a child arrangement order that stipulates that the child must live with them
  • Any person that the child has lived with for at least 3 years

Anyone else, including grandparents, must get permission from the court and show that they have had a significant role in the child’s life before they can apply for an order.

HOW LONG DOES A CHILD ARRANGEMENT TAKE?

There is no fixed time frame for how long it will take to achieve a final order, however on average it can take between 6 – 12 months.

the team

ASK A QUESTION

No chat bots, just human beings here! Ask us a question and we’ll respond within 1 working day. Your question might be added to our FAQs to help anyone else with the same question. It’s nice to help others.

ASK A QUESTION
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WHAT IF WE WERE NEVER MARRIED OR IN A CIVIL PARTNERSHIP?

In opposite-sex couples, if you are unmarried and have legal parental responsibility (biological parent or adoptive parent) then you have the same rights to your child as any married parent.

The law is slightly different for same-sex couples. Your legal rights to a child will depend on how the child was conceived or came into the family.

In any case, it’s best to get in touch with one of our family lawyers before taking any action.

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WILL WE HAVE TO GO TO COURT?

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WILL I HAVE TO SEE MY EX SPOUSE?

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WHO CAN APPLY FOR A CHILD ARRANGEMENT ORDER?

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HOW LONG DOES A CHILD ARRANGEMENT TAKE?

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