Do You Know Your Family Law

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1. How long do child arrangements orders normally last?
Until the child named in the order is 18
Until the child named in the order is 16, unless exceptional circumstances exist
Until the child named in the order is 16
2. If I am named in a child arrangements order as someone with whom the child lives, can I take my child abroad on holiday for 45 days?
Possibly, but you must have the consent of each other holder of parental responsibility for the child, or failing this, the court's consent via a specific issue order
Yes. Being named as such in a child arrangements order allows you to make these decisions on your own
No. You can only take your child on holiday for up to a month without the court's consent
3. Having a residence order or child arrangements order naming me as the person with whom the child lives gives me the right to change the child's surname.
Yes. As the resident parent, you automatically have the right to make this decision.
No. Once a child arrangements order has been made, only the court can approve a change in surname.
Possibly. You must however first obtain the consent of each other holder of parental responsibility for your child, or failing this, have sought the court's permission via a specific issue order
4. Under which of the following circumstances would you normally need to ask the court's permission to apply for contact with a child (via a child arrangements order)
You are the child's biological grandparent, and saw the child every week of their life
You have no biological tie to the child but lived with him/her for four years within the last five, and only moved out of their home two months ago. You were never married to their biological parent.
You are a neighbour, but the resident parent supports your application
5. Under which of the following circumstances would a child arrangements order automatically end
The parents get back together
Once the parents have been living together for 6 months
Once the parents have been living together for 12 months
Only if an application were made to discharge the order
6. A court will only consider making an order for shared living arrangements if the child spends half of their time with each parent
7. Section 91.14 orders require a named individual to seek the court's permission before applying for further specified orders. Conditions may be attached to the order which a parent must satisfy before they will be granted permission. Is this statement...
8. Which of the following items of evidence should not be included in the court bundle unless specifically directed by the court
Medical records
Records of contact visits
Police disclosures
All of the above
9. Shared living arrangements (called shared residence before residence orders were replaced by child arrangements orders in April 2014), cannot be made if one parent is hostile to the idea.
10. You disagree with your ex-partner's choice of school. You wish the court to resolve the matter. You should apply for...
A specific issue order
A child arrangements order
A prohibited steps order
A school's arrangements order
11. Which of the following countries is party to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction?
Russian Federation
Saudi Arabia
None of the Above
All of the Above
12. Applications for non-molestation orders and/or occupation orders (injunctive orders made in relation to domestic violence) are heard under...
The Children Act 1989
The Family Law Act 1996
The Children and Families Act 2014
The Children and Adoption Act 2006
13. The letters CAP, in respect to family law, commonly refer to...
the Children Arrangements Process
the Child Action Plan
the Child Arrangements Programme
Children And Parents
14. You were not married to the mother but are named as the father on the birth certificate. You automatically have parental responsibility for the children if...
The child was born before 1st December 2003
The child was born after 1st December 2003
It is sufficient to have been named on the child's birth certificate
You are the child's biological father
15. Courts can consider someone to be a parent, even if they are not biologically related to the children and no orders have yet been made.
16. When making orders in respect of children, one factor which the court should consider is their...
expressed wishes and feelings
ascertainable wishes and feelings
17. Which rules govern who you can and cannot discuss your details of your case with?
Sections 97 of the Children Act 1989 and Family Procedure Rules [2010] 12.73 and 12.75
Section 12 of the Children Act 1989
Section 97 of the Children Act 1989 and the Family Proceedings (Amendment No 4) Rules 2005
18. All countries in Europe have signed up to European Council Regulation (EC) No 2201/2003 (also known as the Brussels II Revised Regulations) which governs the recognition and enforcement of judgments in matrimonial matters and the matters of parental responsibility.
19. Which form would normally be used to apply for a parental responsibility order?
The C100 form
The C1 form
The C(PRA)1 form
20. If a fact finding hearing is carried out concerning allegations of domestic violence and abuse, the court should, having determined whether or not the allegations are true...
record its findings in writing, and serve a copy on the parties.
verbally inform the parties of its findings

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