A written Child Arrangement Order
A child arrangement order can include where your children will live, how much time they spend with each parent and how you will support your children financially.
Child custody is always at the centre of any relationship break up and is inevitably an emotional and difficult time for all concerned. The most important thing is for you both to be clear that decisions are being based on what is best for your children.
Child arrangement orders can also include child maintenance, or this can be done separately.
Shared Child Arrangement
Shared child arrangement, ‘shared care’ or ‘shared custody’ as it is often referred to can be very successful, but we also ask you to think if splitting the children’s time between two houses is right for them as well as fair to you both.
Shared child custody or care is more successful when parents live close together and they can co-operate and communicate every day about simple but important every day tasks such as:- after school activities, healthcare appointments, homework and so forth.
For many families it is often best for the children to live with one parent most of the week and see the other parent regularly.
When considering how you will share your children’s time, please consider:-
- who will have the most time for parenting (and on what days),
- where will you live and who will have the most space
- If you can get your children to and from school from your home
- If you have more than one child will they want to see you parents together (e.g. both go to Dad for the weekend) or would they prefer to have one to one time with each parent.
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