What is a spend time with order?

What is a spend time with order?

A ‘spending time with’ order, can include face to face time for short periods, overnight visits, holiday visits and indirect time such as telephone calls, Skype, emails, cards and presents.

What happens in a final hearing in Family court?

At a Final Hearing the Judge will consider all of the available evidence, this will include evidence provided by the parties, any relevant Cafcass reports and information that has been provided by the Local Authority.

What is a child live with order?

The concept is that the child has two main homes. Such orders specify the pattern of care for a child and when they shall live with each parent. Such orders do not however mean that the child shall and must spend an equal amount of time with each parent; rather, a general sharing of time.

What does a Section 7 report include?

The Section 7 Report collates all the available evidence and information about the child’s situation and sets it out in the form of a comprehensive report advising the Court of the child’s wishes and feelings and what the Social Worker considers to be in the best interest of the child.

Can a court order a parent to spend time with a child?

Courts will not order children to spend time with a parent where it is not reasonably practicable for them to do so. For example, if one parent lives a significant distance away from the child’s school it would not be reasonable for the child to spend overnight time with that parent on school nights.

How long does it take for a court order to be issued?

The Court can also order a Family Consultant (normally a counsellor, social worker or psychologist) to interview and observe the parties and the child and prepare a Family Report for the Court. It can take more than 12 months from the date you apply to the Court for final orders to be made, depending on the complexity of the case.

What kind of final orders can a court make?

The types of final orders the court can make include orders for who has parental responsibility, orders for with whom the children shall live and how often they will spend time with the other parent and how the parties are to communicate with the children.

When does a court make a final parenting order?

For the parties to undertake and complete a post-separation parenting program. When making orders relating to children, whether they are interim or final orders, the court must make orders that are in the best interests of the children. Final orders conclude the proceedings and they are final.

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