One of the most traumatic aspects of divorce is the living arrangements for children. Both parents can often make the situation worse by disagreeing on where the children live and how much contact they have. The Children Act attempted to lessen the adversarial elements of this.

What are the three options available?

Now the Courts have three choices when dealing with children. The preferred route is to make no order at all with the parents deciding jointly how to deal with the children. When there is no agreement, the Courts can make a residence oder in favour of one parent with the other getting contact. This can cause much pain and agony for the parent who is awarded contact. If the court opts for a split residence order, this allows for shared parenting with the children spending equal amounts of time between both parents’ homes. However, it can be very disruptive for children.

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