Custody no longer exists, it is now known as ” Residence” and that is a decision about where and with who the children. The Court only make any order where there is a dispute and only then when it is in the children’s best interests to do so. Residence orders are not made automatically when parents separate as the Court hope that parents can make arrangements for their children without the Court being involved. If an application is made, the Court will always do what is best for the child/ren, not for the adults, the Court is not gender biased. Residence Orders remain in place until the child reaches the age of 16. The Court also has power to make temporary Residence Orders known as “interim” or longer term final orders depending on each case and orders can change if circumstances change.