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.