How do I apply for a child arrangement order?
Before applying to the court for a Child Arrangement Order, the parties must first attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM). MIAM is where both parents meet with a family mediator to discuss forming an agreement outside of court. All parties must attend a MIAM, and if the parties cannot reach an agreement in the MIAM, you can then apply to the court for a court order.
There are exemptions to attending a MIAM, which include:
- Domestic violence.
- Other emergency proceedings or orders in place, such as a protective order.
You must then correctly complete the C100 application and send this to court with the appropriate fee. Once the court receives and reviews the application, they will arrange a ‘directions hearing’. All parents and guardians must attend this hearing alongside an officer of the Children and Family Court Advisory Service (CAFCASS).
If you’re looking for help with applying for an order, our child law solicitors can help. Please contact our solicitors directly on 01273 726951.