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Discharge of a court order means the court has decided to end the order.

Parents and family members can sometimes apply to the court for an order to be discharged. The precise circumstances in which they can do so are set out in law and will depend on the type of order. Not all orders can be discharged. An adoption order, for example, is permanent. It cannot be reversed, except for in exceptional circumstances.

Some court orders are discharged automatically if the court makes a different order. For example, a care order will be discharged if the court makes a special guardianship order.

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