A Contact Order is an order that requires the parent or person with whom the child is living to make sure that a child is made available to visit or stay with the other parent or another person.
Any Contact Order can specify the amount of contact (e.g. overnight contact, weekend visits or holidays) that a child will spend with the parent or person who has the benefit of the order.
It is also possible for a Contact Order to provide for contact by way of:
This is known as Indirect Contact
When a court is considering whether to make a Contact Order it will take into consideration the following factors:
- What is in the child's best interests
- The wishes and feelings of the child
- The effect on the child of any change in their circumstances
- Any harm the child has suffered or is at risk of suffering
- The child's, physical, emotional and educational needs
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