When a Court is asked to decide upon the arrangements for children, the Welfare Checklist will be at the forefront of their decision-making process.
Set out in the Children Act 1989, the checklist includes the following:
- the ascertainable wishes and feelings of the child concerned (considered in the light of his age and understanding);
- his physical, emotional and educational needs;
- the likely effect on him of any change in his circumstances;
- his age, sex, background and any characteristics of his which the court considers relevant;
- any harm which he has suffered or is at risk of suffering;
- how capable each of his parents, and any other person in relation to whom the court considers the question to be relevant, is of meeting his needs;
- the range of powers available to the court under this Act in the proceedings in question.
It is important if you are seeking to make arrangements with the other parent to bear these factors in mind.
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