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Apply for a court order to make arrangements for a child or resolve a dispute about their upbringing: Form C100

Apply for a 'child arrangements', 'prohibited steps' or 'specific issue' order under the Children Act 1989. You might be able to apply online.

Applies to England and Wales

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Application under the Children Act 1989 for a child arrangements, prohibited steps, specific issue section 8 order or to vary or discharge a section 8 order: C100

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Important information about making child arrangements, a C100 application to the Family Court - Child Arrangements Order, Prohibited Steps and Specific Issue Order application.

An online service is available for Mediation Information Assessment Meetings (MIAMs) and mediation. These services can now be carried out remotely, and so are options for parents considering child arrangements during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. More information can be found on the Co-Parent Hub or from the Family Mediation Council (FMC).

Before you apply, please make sure you have attended (either remotely or in person) a MIAM, unless you have a valid exemption (a meeting about mediation and other ways of resolving your dispute without needing to use the court). Attending a MIAM is a legal requirement, although certain exemptions do apply (for example, if there is evidence of domestic abuse).

Apply online to avoid delay.

If you are unable to apply online, send a C100 paper application to your child’s local family court. Find the court’s postal and email addresses.

If sending your application by post, you must provide 3 copies of each document.

You can also get help with child arrangements.

You can also use this form to apply to vary or discharge any of these orders. Some people need permission from the court to make an application for an order. You can apply for permission by completing the relevant section of the form.

Before you apply, please do ensure you have attended (either remotely or in person) a MIAM, unless you have a valid exemption (a meeting about mediation and other ways of resolving your dispute without needing to use the court). Attending a MIAM is a legal requirement, although certain exemptions do apply (for example, if there is evidence of domestic abuse).

Find out more about child arrangements.

Send your application to the designated family centre for your area. Use the court finder to find your closest centre.

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Published 1 January 2018
Last updated 21 July 2022 + show all updates
  1. Uploaded new version of the C100

  2. Changed PO box C100 address to the child's court

  3. Updated the link to make an online application for child arrangements.

  4. Revised form C100 uploaded.

  5. Wording changed as the service is now available to non-parents.

  6. Added information relating to bulk scanning and documents not being returned.

  7. Mediation Information Assessment Meetings (MIAMs) can now be held remotely. A link to the CAFCASS co-parenting hub has been added.

  8. Updated information on using the C100 application form.

  9. Manchester has been added to the online pilot.

  10. Added information about a pilot scheme in Bournemouth, Brighton and Coventry.

  11. Revised English version uploaded.

  12. Additional areas included in the online trial.

  13. First published.