The Impact of New Legislation on Residence and Contact Orders

Posted by | September 15, 2014 | Family Law | No Comments

The Children and Families Act 2014

Recent reforms in family law mean have resulted in the abolishment of residence and contact orders.  Introduced on 22 April 214, The Children and Families Act 2014 applies to both public and private children’s proceedings and is designed to improve he family justice system so that the experience of going to court was more effective and less traumatic
The intention behind the new legislation is to provide better protection for children with special education needs and disabilities and to protect vulnerable children when their parents are separating. It also focuses on enabling parents to create a balance between work and family life.

The Act recognises the importance of both parents being involved in the lives of their children, although not necessarily equally shared in terms of time, and defines involvement as either direct or indirect. It requires anyone who wishes to make an application for court proceedings to resolve children’s matters must attend a family Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) first in order to try to resolve their issues outside court, unless there is an applicable exemption.