What is a Child Arrangement Order?

A Child Arrangements Order (formerly Residence and Contact Orders and often referred to as custody and access) can be put in place where an agreement cannot be reached between parents or through mediation regarding child care and contact arrangements.

A Child Arrangements Order will consider factors such as where your child will live, when they have contact with their parents and when and what types of contact can take place until the child is either 16 or 18.

There are two types of Child Arrangements Order-live with, in which the court decides whether the child will live equally with both parents or with one parent and a Child Arrangements Order-spend time with, where the court determines the exact timings for how long the child will spend with the parent they do not live with where the parents cannot agree.

At Rotheras we understand that it is not always easy to reach an agreement with a former partner regarding how much time and contact each of you will have with your child. If you are facing this situation our experienced child care team can help you with applying for a Child Arrangements Order and successfully putting forward your case.

Why use Rotheras for Child Arrangements Orders?

We can act for children who are of an appropriate age and understanding who require their own representation in an application for a Child Arrangements Order concerning them or wish to apply for a Child Arrangements Order to enable them to spend time with their siblings and want someone to present their wishes at court.

We can help you with making an application for a Child Arrangements Order whether you are the child’s parent, guardian or other close relative.

We can advise on alternatives to going to court, including mediation, collaborative law and arbitration.

Our child care team includes members of Resolution, the Association of Lawyers for Children and the Law Society’s Children Law Accreditation Scheme (formerly known as the Children Panel).

If your case goes to court, we will guide you through the process from start to finish.

We can liaise with the other side during court proceedings to see if a negotiation can be reached.

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Ann-Marie Bowman

Partner & Chairwoman

Ann-Marie Bowman is Partner and Chairwoman of Nottingham based law firm Rotheras. Ann-Marie remains highly committed to her fee-earning work in family law, dealing with all aspects of children matters.

Ruth Tyas

Associate Solicitor

Ruth specialises in all aspects of family law and since 2010 she has been an accredited specialist in private law children matters and in domestic abuse where urgent protective remedies are required.

Sally Hartland

Associate Solicitor

Sally Hartland is a Family, Matrimonial and Child Law specialist based at our offices in The Lace Market.

Rebecca Lister


Rebecca Lister is a Solicitor within our Family Department and specialises in children and child care proceedings, regularly representing parents during care proceedings.

Chris Bradshaw

Family Law Executive

Chris specialises in children matters and provides support to Ann-Marie Bowman.

Sue Dutton

Legal Executive

Sue Dutton is a Legal Executive in the Family and Childcare department at Rotheras and is based at our Long Eaton office.

Beccy Rodham


Beccy Rodham is a Paralegal in Rotheras Family Law department and is based at our Lace Market office.


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