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The end of Contact and Residence Orders

Tags: Child Arrangement Order, contact order, residence order
Content Types: Legal

When talking about separation, many people mention contact and residence orders.

However, under the Children and Families Act 2014, there will no longer be Contact or Residence Orders. 

Instead, the Act brings together those two Orders and makes a new Child Arrangement Order which regulates arrangements relating to:

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

Following the implementation of this Act, the person who has the child living with them will now be named in a child arrangements order as the person with whom the child is to live rather than the holder of a residence order.

What will happen to my contact order or residence order?

Contact orders and residence orders that were made before the 22 April 2014 will be deemed to be child arrangements orders in respect of either:

Contact Orders made pre 22nd April 2014 which record with whom and when a child is to spend with or otherwise have contact with a person; or

Residence Orders made pre 22nd April 2014 which record with whom and when a child is to live with a person.

Read more information about the Children and Families Act 2014 and how it affects separating parents.

Article written by Watson Thomas Solicitors, a pro-active, personable and professional team of solicitors who provide clarity, guidance and legal representation on all issues relating to Family Law. For a free initial consultation, please call 01252 622422 or for further information please visit www.watson-thomas.co.uk

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