You may need to make arrangements for your children if you and the other parent have separated. These arrangements can be made with your ex-partner directly or with the help of a mediator or solicitor. If you cannot agree some or all of the arrangements, you may need to consider applying to the Court for an Order.
In most cases, you will only need to decide upon the living arrangements for the children and the time spent with each parent. This is known as Child Arrangments.
However, in some cases, other orders are required.
A prohibited steps order limits when certain parental rights and duties can be exercised. For example, an order may be required to prevent a parent from changing the child’s school or taking the child abroad.
A specific issue order contains directions to resolve a particular issue in dispute in connection with the child. For example, an order may be made, requiring a parent to hand over a passport, or facilitate particular religious practices.