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Arrangements for children of separated parents: the presumption of parental involvement comes into force on 22 October 2014

Date:17 OCT 2014
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Oliver Gravell head of the family law team at Birketts

The Children and Families Act 2014 (the Act) came into force on 22 April 2014. The Act introduced child arrangement orders to replace the existing residence and contact orders which the courts have been making since 1989. On 22 October 2014 s 11 of the Act will come into force introducing a new presumption of 'continued parental involvement'.

Child arrangement orders

From April 2014 courts have been making child arrangement orders instead of residence and contacts orders. These have two main elements setting out:
  1. with whom a child is to live and when
  2. with whom when and how a child is to spend time or otherwise have contact with someone.
These orders should clearly outline what a parent is expected to do by specifying the time the child spends with each parent either as the primary place of residence or (with the non resident parent)...

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