Section 11 Children Act

Section 11 Children Act

Children Act 1989

1989 CHAPTER 41

Section 11

General principles and supplementary provisions

  1. In proceedings in which any question of making a section 8 order, or any other question with respect to such an order, arises, the court shall (in the light of any rules made by virtue of subsection (2))—
    1. draw up a timetable with a view to determining the question without delay; and
    2. give such directions as it considers appropriate for the purpose of ensuring, so far as is reasonably practicable, that that timetable is adhered to. 
  2. Rules of court may—
    1. specify periods within which specified steps must be taken in relation to proceedings in which such questions arise; and
    2. make other provision with respect to such proceedings for the purpose of ensuring, so far as is reasonably practicable, that such questions are determined without delay.
  3. Where a court has power to make a section 8 order, it may do so at any time during the course of the proceedings in question even though it is not in a position to dispose finally of those proceedings.
  4. Where a residence order is made in favour of two or more persons who do not themselves all live together, the order may specify the periods during which the child is to live in the different households concerned. 
  5. Where—
    1. a residence order has been made with respect to a child; and 
    2. as a result of the order the child lives, or is to live, with one of two parents who each have parental responsibility for him, the residence order shall cease to have effect if the parents live together for a continuous period of more than six months.
  6. A contact order which requires the parent with whom a child lives to allow the child to visit, or otherwise have contact with, his other parent shall cease to have effect if the parents live together for a continuous period of more than six months. 
  7. A section 8 order may
    1. contain directions about how it is to be carried into effect; 
    2. impose conditions which must be complied with by any person— 
      1. in whose favour the order is made;
      2. who is a parent of the child concerned;
      3. who is not a parent of his but who has parental responsibility for him; or 
      4. with whom the child is living, and to whom the conditions are expressed to apply;
    3. be made to have effect for a specified period, or contain  provisions which are to have effect for a specified period
    4. make such incidental, supplemental or consequential provision as the court thinks fit.