A Court application is for Child Arrangements Orders. These replaced the old style of “Residence” and “Contact” Orders (formerly known as “Custody” and “Access” Orders) and focus on where the child will live and when they will spend time with each of their parents.
The law does promote both parents having an important role to play in a child’s future life, irrespective of who left the relationship, or how the parent personally may feel about their former partner. The emphasis is very much the child, with their best interests being the Court’s paramount consideration. Unless there is a very good reason for the child not to spend time with one of the parents, ie. that the child will be at risk of significant harm from that parent, then the Court is to presume that involvement of that parent in the life of the child concerned will further the child’s welfare.
In the event you are currently facing difficulties with regard to the arrangements for your child(ren) then please do not hesitate to contact our specialist children department for child focused, sound advice for the best outcome for you and your child(ren).