You can apply for a single court order, or a number of them, depending on what you’ve been unable to agree on.
Where your child will live
A ‘residence order’ is used to decide where your child will live, and which parent they’ll live with.
Seeing your child if you don’t live with them
A ‘contact order’ is used to decide when you can see your child, eg:
- at weekends
- during school holidays
Your child’s upbringing
A ‘specific issue order’ is used to look at a specific question about how the child is being brought up, eg:
- what school they go to
- if they should have a religious education
You can also apply for a ‘prohibited steps order’ to stop the other parent from making a decision about the child’s upbringing.
Who can apply
The child’s mother, father or anyone with parental responsibility can apply for a court order.
Other people, like grandparents, can apply for these court orders, but they’ll need to get permission from the courts first.