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Matthew Rogan on the Children and Families Act 2014

Family Law Solicitor Matthew Rogan takes a look at the introduction of The Child Arrangements Programme, as it replaces Residence, Custody and Contact orders.

The Solicitors in the Family Law department at Canter Levin & Berg are here to protect vulnerable children and to ensure that they can grow up in a safe and caring environment. Our solicitors deal with a wide variety of issues that might affect children and their families and every case we deal with is different.


Disputes over child custody and access arrangements are one type of child law issue that is frequently dealt with by our Family Law team. In an article that has recently been published on the Law Plain and Simple website, our newest solicitor Matthew Rogan looks at how these arrangements have changed since the introduction of the Children and Families Act 2014, which came into force on 22nd April 2014.


The Child Arrangements Programme


On 22 April 2014, the landscape of Family Law changed significantly as a result of the Children and Families Act 2014.


A significant part of the change introduced is The Child Arrangements Programme (the ‘CAP’). This applies where a dispute arises between separated parents and/or families about arrangements concerning children.


The term ‘Child Arrangements’ replaces previous terminology such as Residence (or Custody) and Contact.


In making any arrangements with respect to a child, it is established that the child’s welfare is always the highest priority.


The Child Arrangements Programme is designed to try and ensure that families can reach “safe and child focused agreements for their child, where possible out of the court setting”…


You can read the whole of Matthew’s article over on the Law Plain and Simple website. If you, or a member of your family needs help with any of the legal issues covered in this article, you can contact our Family Law team on 0151 239 1000.

By Matthew Rogan