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Rebecca Finnigan on child arrangement orders in Coronation Street

Fresh back from her maternity leave, soap fan and Family Law Solicitor Rebecca Finnigan looks at the use of child arrangement orders in a recent Coronation Street storyline.

Child custody has been featured prominently in one of the storylines on ITV's Coronation Street recently. Characters Callum Logan and David Platt have been clashing over custody of young Max, who despite living with David, is unaware that his biological father is Callum. Last week saw Callum present David with a letter from his solicitor informing David that Callum was applying to court for a residency order. This prompted David to confess the truth of his parentage to Max.

Newly returned from maternity leave, Family Law Solicitor, Resolution Member and soap obsessive Rebecca Finnigan took a look at the storyline and "residency orders", pointing out the inaccuracies in Corrie's portrayal of this area of Family Law and offering her real world legal advice to David Platt:

"In the words of the Chuckle Brothers- oh dear. Oh dear, oh dear. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.

It looks as though cocky Callum has been to visit the same dodgy law firm which advised Fizz that Tyrone would have to marry the violent Kirsty to obtain Parental Responsibility for little Ruby.

He might have paid a lot of money for the letter from his solicitor, but he might want to look for a refund as his advice is about 12 months out of date. Firstly there was never such a thing as a “residency order”, it was a residence order. Secondly, residence orders are no longer made by the courts. An order relating to the residence (i.e. living) or contact arrangements for a child are now referred to as a child arrangements order.

It is unlikely Callum’s solicitor would have charged him with the task of hand delivering the letter to David. It’s something which would be seen to be liable to inflame the situation, and something his solicitor would have been likely to avoid if they were a member of Resolution."

You can read the full story over on our Sud's Law blog, where Rebecca and some of our other solicitors have been exploring the legal implications of some of soapland's most outrageous storylines.

By Rebecca Finnigan