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  • New rules for Children Act applications

    New rules for Children Act applications

    On Wednesday 22 October 2014, a new rule comes into force for cases involving children.

    In any cases for Child Arrangements Orders commenced after this date, there will be a presumption that there should be parental ‘involvement of some kind, whether direct or indirect’ with both parents. The new law does not stipulate that children will spend equal time with each parent, nor does it mean that all contact is to be direct. It is also open to the Court to decide that, based on the facts of any individual case, it would be in the child’s best interest not to see a parent directly or that a parent should not be involved in the child’s life at all.

    It is unlikely that this new rule will make any radical changes to the decisions in child arrangement cases. It is just the case that there is a presumption of involvement by both parents from the start.


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