Child Living Arrangements
Child arrangement disputes concerning child living arrangements and the law in this area is governed by the Children Act. This also includes how often he/she/they will see someone with whom they do not live with,
A parent can apply to the court at any time for an order regarding where a child should or should not spend time seeing his or her other parent. Other people connected to the child would need to apply to the court for permission to issue an application. These would include grandparents, aunts, uncles or older brothers or sisters.
The court has to give paramount consideration to the welfare of the child while dealing with issues of arrangements for children.
The court also has to pay specific attention to the following matters:
- The ascertainable wishes and feelings of the child concerned (considered in light of his/her age and understanding);
- His/her physical, emotional and/or educational needs;
- The likely effect on him/her of any change in his/her circumstances;
- His/her age, sex, background and also any characteristics of his/hers, which the court considers relevant;
- Any harm which he/she has suffered or is at risk of suffering;
- How capable each of his/her parents and any other person in relation to whom the court considers the question to be relevant, is of meeting his/her needs.
We at Kidwells have considerable experience in dealing with these types of matters. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our team.