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Step-by-Step Guide to Completing the C100 Form

Step-by-Step Guide to Completing the C100 Form
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Step-by-Step Guide to Completing the C100 Form

Alright, you’ve attended your MIAM and you’re ready to tackle the C100 form. It might look daunting at first glance, but don’t worry – I’m here to walk you through it step by step.

Gathering Required Information

Before you start filling out the form, make sure you have all the necessary info on hand. You’ll need things like: – Your personal details and contact info – The other parent’s personal details and contact info – Your children’s names, dates of birth, and where they’re living now – Details of any previous court orders or agreements – Information about your finances and any safety concerns Having all this stuff ready to go will make the process a lot smoother. Trust me, there’s nothing worse than realizing you’re missing a crucial piece of info when you’re halfway through the form.

Filling Out Personal Details

The first section of the C100 form is all about you and the other parent. You’ll need to provide basic info like your names, addresses, and contact details. If you don’t know the other parent’s current address or contact info, don’t panic. Just fill in what you do know and make a note that you don’t have all the details.

Providing Details of the Child(ren)

The next section is where you’ll give the court all the important info about your kids. This includes their names, dates of birth, and living arrangements. You’ll also need to explain your relationship to the children and whether you have parental responsibility. This just means you have the legal right to make decisions about your child’s upbringing. If you’re not sure whether you have parental responsibility, don’t worry – the form includes a handy guide to help you figure it out.

Explaining Your Reasons for Applying

This is where you’ll tell the court why you’re making the application. Are you looking to establish a regular contact schedule? Do you want to change your child’s living arrangements? Are there specific issues you need the court to decide on, like which school your child will attend? Whatever your reasons, it’s important to be clear and concise. Stick to the facts and avoid getting emotional or making personal attacks against the other parent. I know it’s not easy to put your family’s problems down on paper. But remember, the court is there to help you find a solution that’s in your child’s best interests. The more information you can give them, the better equipped they’ll be to make a fair decision.

Outlining Your Proposed Arrangements

In this section, you’ll need to outline your proposed arrangements for your child. This includes things like: – Where you think your child should live – How much time they should spend with each parent – What kind of contact they should have (e.g. overnight stays, phone calls, etc.) – Any other specific arrangements you’re proposing It’s important to be realistic here. Think about what’s practical and achievable given your family’s circumstances. If you’re proposing a major change to the current arrangements, be prepared to explain why you think it’s necessary.

Submitting Your Application

Once you’ve filled out all the sections of the form, it’s time to submit your application. You can either do this online or by post. If you’re applying online, you’ll need to create an account on the HM Courts & Tribunals Service website. Once you’ve done that, you can fill out the form electronically and pay the application fee. If you’re applying by post, you’ll need to print out the form, sign it, and send it to the court along with your payment. Make sure you keep a copy of the completed form for your own records. I opted to apply online and it was a pretty straightforward process. The website guided me through each section of the form and made sure I hadn’t missed anything important. Plus, I didn’t have to worry about my application getting lost in the mail.


Getting through the C100 form for child arrangements isn’t a walk in the park, but it’s doable with the right approach. Start by understanding its purpose and when to use it. Then prep thoroughly for your MIAM because skipping this can halt everything. Fill out each section of the form with clear, honest details about you, your child, and what you’re asking for. Finally, submit your application online or by post. Remember: being prepared and staying focused on what’s best for your child makes all the difference.

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