Child Arrangement Orders – a solid foundation for children after divorce

Child Arrangement Orders


Divorce and relationship breakdowns can be challenging at the best of times. Not only does it affect the two individuals in the relationship, but it can have lasting impacts on the wider family too, especially if there are children involved. For this reason, it is crucial that as parents, the best interests of any children involved are prioritised.

Decisions regarding the future of children in a relationship breakdown or divorce can be concluded amicably. However, if parents cannot agree, they will need to apply to the court for a Child Arrangement Order (CAO).

What is a Child Arrangement Order (CAO)?

A Child Arrangement Order (CAO) is a court order that focuses on safeguarding the welfare of children. They are typically sought out after the breakdown of a relationship and include terms such as where the child will live, and with whom they may have contact with. In short, a CAO provides a solid foundation for the wellbeing of any child involved in the breakdown of a relationship.

What are the benefits of a Child Arrangement Order?

CAOs help to minimise the impact of disagreements by setting out a formal arrangement that both parties must adhere to. This can significantly reduce the emotional strain on the parents and children, allowing them to grow up in a more balanced and stable environment.

Having a CAO in place can also provide clarity when it comes to parenting responsibilities. It ensures both parents are on the same page when it comes to their roles and responsibilities. Having a framework in place can help rebuild positive relationships and provides much needed stability.

Having both parents actively involved in a child’s upbringing can be hugely beneficial. By following the framework of a CAO, parents demonstrate their willingness towards effective co-parenting and cooperation, which will encourage a healthy environment for the child to grow up in.

Who can apply for a Child Arrangement Order?

Child arrangement orders can be applied for by the child’s mother, father, or anyone with parental responsibility. Individuals without parental responsibility can still apply, but they must seek permission from the court before submitting an application.

A full list on exactly who can apply for a CAO can be found in our Child Arrangement Orders information sheet, which you can download here.

Putting the children first

Significant life events such as a relationship breakdown can affect everyone involved, even those we may think are too young to understand. Child Arrangement Orders are often the best way to resolve not only tensions between parents, but they can also create a secure and positive environment for children to grow up in.

For more information regarding Child Arrangement Orders, please click here to download our info sheet.

At Pictons we like to provide a full service and that includes signposting clients to counselling and therapy services who we work closely with to ensure that they have all the support they need for themselves and the children during some of the toughest moments in their lives.

Pictons has one of the most established Family Law departments in the region. If you need help and guidance surrounding your family matter, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Telephone: 0800 302 9448