The English Courts can resolve disputes concerning children. A common dispute concerns with whom the children should live. English courts can make residence orders to settle this. (These orders used to be called custody orders). The Courts are sensitive to the need to protect children from being pressured to take sides or make choices.
Another common issue is contact (previously called “access” and the same as U.S “visitation”) The Courts consider that regular contact is mostly desirable although the practice of how it is achieved varies depending on circumstances.
The Courts can also make orders on other aspects of children’s lives such as schooling although this is less usual.
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