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C1A Notes and Guidance

About these notes

This guide is intended to assist parents who are, or whose children are, at risk of domestic violence and who are applying to the family court for a court order.

In such circumstances, applicants to court should also complete a Form C1A.

Download Form C1A

About this guide and the contents:

Section 1

1. About you

If you do not wish your address to be made known to the respondent, leave the space on the form blank and complete Confidential Address Form (form C8). The court can give you this form or you can use the download button below. It should be filed at the court at the same time as your application is submitted.

Download Form C8

2. Your solicitor´s details

You should complete this section if you have a solicitor acting for you. He or she may be able to help you complete this form and will give you the information necessary to complete these details. If you do not have a solicitor simply insert the words “solicitor not instructed”.

Section 2

Respondent´s comments on allegations

The respondent is the other party to court proceedings, usually your ex-partner.

Section 3

1. Involvement with outside agencies...

"Harm" means ill treatment or the damage to health and development, including, for example, damage suffered from seeing or hearing the ill treatment of another.

"Development" means physical, intellectual, emotional, social or behavioural development.

"Health" means physical or mental health.

"Ill-treatment" includes sexual abuse and forms of ill-treatment which are not physical.

2. Incidents of abuse, violence or harm

For each alleged incident of violence, domestic abuse or harm, please give short answers to the following questions:

3. Involvement of the children

If you believe that any of the child(ren) named at the top of the form C1A have either seen, heard or were aware of any of the alleged incidents of abuse, you should say so here and say briefly how these alleged incidents affected the family and the children. You will have an opportunity to give full details later in the proceedings.

4. Witnesses

If your answer to this question is "yes" you should ask whether he or she is willing, and able, to provide supporting evidence. This evidence could be any paperwork supplied by the police, hospital or any agency to which the incident was reported. You should also say whether or not this person is prepared to give evidence in court. Do not attach any of the evidence to this form. The court may ask you to provide it later in the proceedings.

5. Medical treatment or other assessment of the child(ren)

If any of the children named at the top of form C1A have been referred by a doctor, psychiatrist or psychologist for treatment or assessment relating to his or her emotional, social or behavioural development you should provide:

6. Abduction

"Child abduction" is the wrongful removal of a child from any person having, or entitled to, lawful control of that child.

"International child abduction" is the wrongful removal or wrongful retention away from the country where the child usually lives.

If you consider that any of the child(ren) named at the top of this form are in real danger of being abducted you should say:

You may also want to refer to our guides on:

Parental Child Abduction (UK) Recovery Orders Seek and Find Orders Prohibited Steps Orders

If you believe there is a possibility the children may be removed abroad without either your or the court´s consent, we recommend you contact the charity Reunite.

7. Steps or orders required to protect you and the children

You are completing this form because there are allegations that the child(ren) may have suffered or be at risk of suffering domestic abuse, violence or harm and you are asking the court to make an order for:

Residence, Contact, Prohibited Steps, Specific Issue or Parental Responsibility.

These terms mean:

  1. Residence: this decides who the child or children are going to live with in the future.
  2. Contact: this decides how often and for how long the person with whom the child(ren) are living must let the child(ren) visit, stay or otherwise have contact with the person asking for the order.
  3. Prohibited Steps: this prevents a parent from taking a particular action as set out in the order without the permission of the court. This also applies to actions by any other person named in the order.
  4. Specific issue: this decides specific questions e.g. about education, medical treatment or a foreign holiday or visit where parents or those with parental responsibility cannot agree.
  5. Parental Responsibility: this defines all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority which a parent has in relation to a child and his or her property.

8. Attending the Court

If you feel that you are vulnerable or likely to be intimidated when you attend court and would like the court to make special arrangements, please say so on this form. The court will try to supply you and your witnesses with a separate waiting area and, if possible and where available, the use of a video link. For any of these measures to be considered please will you explain why you feel you need them.

Michael Robinson © 2014

Family law information for parents whose children are resident in England and Wales

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