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The Final Order and Recitals

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This guide shows you what a final order may look like. It is based on a mock case with fictitious characters.

Child Arrangements Orders were introduced in April 2014 by the Children and Families Act 2014 (which amended section 8 Children Act 1989). They replaced Contact  and Residence Orders

A Child Arrangements Order means a court order regulating arrangements relating to any of the following:

With whom a child is to live, spend time or otherwise have contact; and

When a child is to live, spend time or otherwise have contact with any person.

The 'residence' aspects of a Child Arrangements Order (i.e. with whom a child is to live/when a child is to live with any person) can last until the child reaches 18 years unless discharged earlier by the Court or by the making of a care order.

The ‘contact’ aspects of a Child Arrangements Order (with whom and when a child is to spend time with or otherwise have contact with) cease to have effect when the child reaches 16 years, unless the court is satisfied that the circumstances of the case are exceptional.

Please note that 'Recitals' are agreements recorded between the parents. They do not form part of the order and are not enforceable.


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