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Where Will The Children Live?

The living arrangements for the children will need to be carefully discussed and considered when parents separate. In a lot of cases the parents are able to reach an agreement about what time the children will spend with each of them. This might not be easy but remember that although you have rights, more importantly, the children have a right to see their parents and to spend time with each of them. Where parents cannot agree matters then the court can assist. The Court may make a Child Arrangements Order which can determine how much time the children will spend with each parent. A judge can appoint a welfare officer (known as a Cafcass officer) to prepare a report to assist the court in reaching a decision. The welfare of the children and what is in their best interests will be the first consideration of the Court.