If it is not possible to reach an agreement then an application can be made for the Court to decide.
There are different types of applications:
Residence (formerly custody) – where a child should live.
Contact (formerly access) – how often a child should see the other parent.
Prohibited Steps Order – an order preventing a person from certain activities or actions.
Specific Issue Order – can include decisions as to where a child should go to school for example.
In deciding which order to make the Court will consider the following: