The Court will only need to be involved in deciding arrangements for children if there is a dispute that cannot be resolved via negotiation. There are different types of orders that the Court can make, depending on the circumstances. These include:
Child Arrangements Orders
This is an order that determines who a child lives with, at what times, and who the child spends time with. They are the most common type of order that the Court makes. This term used to be known as residence and contact orders.
Specific Issue Order
These orders are made to resolve specific disputes between parents who share parental responsibility. Examples of these orders include whether a child should have an emergency operation, which school a child should attend or taking a child to live abroad.
Prohibited Steps Order
This kind of order prevents an individual from taking actions that they would otherwise reasonably be able to take. Examples of these orders prevent someone from removing a child from a parents care or preventing them taking the child out of the jurisdiction.