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How long will the divorce take?

It depends to a large extent on the court issuing the proceedings. For an undefended divorce, the time from the issue of the petition until the Decree Absolute (the final decree) is usually between 4 ½ ‐ 6 months. It is likely to take longer than this if the financial aspects need to be resolved [...]

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What does the court consider when making an order under the Children Act 1989?

Under the Children Act 1989, the child's welfare is the paramount consideration of the court when looking at the child’s upbringing or the administration of a child’s property or income. Therefore, in reaching many decisions, the court has to consider the welfare checklist set out below: the ascertainable wishes and feelings of the child concerned [...]

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What is a specific issue order?

This order allows the court to determine an issue usually relating to some aspect of parental responsibility, e.g. where there are differences as to schooling, medical treatment, changing a child’s surname and other specific aspects of a child’s upbringing. As with prohibited steps, the order can be made in conjunction with residence or contact orders.

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What is a prohibited steps order?

A prohibited steps order is designed to prevent a parent from doing a specific thing relevant to their child without the consent of the court. Such an order can be made in conjunction with a contact or residence order. Frequently, it is used where a parent is threatening to take the child out of the [...]

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I am a grandparent/step‐parent can I apply for residence or contact?

As a grandparent, you will need leave of the court to bring an application for residence or contact unless the child has been living with you for a period of at least three years. The court will look at the connection you have to the child, the type of order you seek and whether there [...]

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What is a contact order?

A contact order requires the person with whom a child lives to allow the child to visit or stay with the person named in the order or to have contact in some other form. Contact can be direct (visiting/staying) or indirect (letter/cards/presents). Contact with his/her natural parents is regarded as a fundamental right of the [...]

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What is a residence order?

A residence order sets out the arrangements as to the person with whom a child will live. A residence order gives parental responsibility (if not already held) to the person whose favour the order is made.

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