Jargon Buster Family Law Category - A-C

Child Maintenance

This is very similar to periodic al payments between adults but is paid for the benefit of children. This is usually handled through the Child Support Agency although the Court can in very particular circumstances make a child periodical payments/maintenance order

Contact Order

A contact order means an order requiring the person with whom a child lives, or is to live, to allow the child to visit or stay with the person named in the order, or for that person and the child to have contact with each other. In other words, the court can define where and when a child is to see the parent that he does not ordinarily live with or another person who wishes to see the child. When the court is concerned that there are potential risks to the child’s welfare, the court can require contact to be supervised.
There are no set rules as to how often or for how long a child should spend with the non-resident parent. Each case is decided on the specific facts. The starting point for the court is that a child should have contact with its non-resident parent so long as it is safe to do so.