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A Contact Order is “an Order requiring the person whom the child lives, or is to live, to allow the child to visit or stay with the person named in the Order, or for that person and the child otherwise to have contact with each other”. The law in this area is governed by the Children Act 1989.
Contact used to be known as, and is sometimes referred to, as “Access”.
A parent of a child can apply to the Court at any time for a Court Order to allow a child to have contact with them. Other people connected to the child, such as grandparents, aunts, uncles, may need to apply to the Court for the Court’s permission to issue an application for contact in the first instance.
To apply to the Court the procedure is as follows:-
The starting point for a Court that it is a child’s right to have contact with both of their parents. The Court will give paramount consideration to the welfare of the child when deciding the issue of contact. The Court will pay specific attention to the following criteria:-
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