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Includes information about the legal rules under the Children Act 1989 relating to who should have custody of a child under 18 when there is a dispute between the parents.



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Child custody

What the law says about who should have custody of a child if there is a dispute between parents.

5 Children at the end of your relationship

Once a relationship ends, you have to make decisions about the care of and contact with the children. If you are not able to make arrangements amicably, you may need to go to court. Explains about parental responsibility and what decisions the court can make.
Provided by Adviceguide from Citizens Advice
6 Contact (PDF)

Information about issues relating to contact between parents and their children under 16, including parental responsibility, possible court action, and contact arrangements.
Provided by Gingerbread
1 Child residence orders (PDF)

Explains how the court decides which parent the child should live with after a separation if the parents are unable to come to an agreement. Also explains the process of mediation.
Provided by Rights of Women
3 A guide to child contact (PDF)

Explains how the court can make a contact order, allowing the non-resident parent contact with their child, when no agreement can be made between parents. Explains the different types of contact order and what will be considered.
Provided by Rights of Women
4 My partner and I have separated. What rights do I have to see our children?

Explains fathers' rights to keep in contact with their children, whether or not the childrenÂ’s father and mother are married.
Provided by Adviceguide from Citizens Advice
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