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Residence Order

These orders decide where the child is to live and with whom. The granting of a residence order to someone automatically gives him or her parental responsibility for the child if they do not already have it. Parental Responsibility obtained as a result of a Residence Order will continue until the order ceases. Parental Responsibility is not removed from the parents but they are limited as to how they exercise this.

A Residence Order lasts until the child is 16 or 18 if the circumstances of the case are exceptional and the court has ordered that it continue for longer.

A Residence Order can be granted to more than one person and can be made jointly to an unmarried couple.

A Residence Order prevents

  • changing the surname of the child
  • removing the child from the UK (for more than 1 month)
  • consenting to the child's adoption

without the agreement of everyone with Parental Responsibility.

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