Arrangements for Children

Our experienced family and child custody lawyers can help you make arrangements for your children, and to apply for a Child Arrangement Order if required. We can help you decide who your children should live with, who they should spend time with (and when), and what to do about any concerns or disputes. We can also advise on legal aid for child custody and access matters.

What are child arrangements?

Child arrangements cover decisions in relation to the care of children, including ‘residence’, ‘contact’, ‘custody’, and ‘access’. Arrangements for children can be informal and, where both parents are in agreement, often do not need solicitors to be involved. However, where there is disagreement about it is a good idea to seek advice from a family lawyer, even if only to know where you stand.

What is a child arrangement order?

Child Arrangement Orders (CAOs) are legally binding court orders that set out arrangements for your children. CAOs deal with issues such as where your children will live and how you or your ex-partner will keep in touch with them.

In any situation in which the court becomes involved in making decisions in relation to a child and arrangements for children it will always place the child’s best interests at the centre of the process. Generally, unless a parent poses a risk to a child, the starting point will be that a child has a right to a relationship with both of their parents. This does not necessarily mean spending equal time with both parents, but unless it is unsafe for a child to be around a parent some level of contact will almost always be considered to be in their best interests.

Our team of family and child custody lawyers in Exeter can advise you in relation to all aspects arrangements for children. We can also advise about options for funding your case, if required. Legal aid for child custody cases may be available if you have experienced and reported domestic abuse in your relationship with your ex partner.

Before you contact us, we would recommend that you think seriously about what child arrangements you want to achieve, and what is realistic given circumstances such as your job or accommodation, so that you can come to a workable arrangement with your ex partner about the care of your children.

Please direct any initial enquiries to Mark Fairchild, Family Team Administrator.

The Team
Amy Jeffery
Amy Jeffery

Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives

Heidi Davey
Heidi Davey

Chartered Legal Executive

Mark Fairchild
Mark Fairchild

Administrator

Nicky Mein
Nicky Mein

Managing Partner and Solicitor

Penny Scott
Penny Scott

Partner and Solicitor

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