Prohibited Steps and Specific Issue Orders
Under the Children Act 1989 (as amended by the Children and Families Act 2014) where any parent has concern regarding the removal of the child/children in question that parent can apply to the Court for what is known as a “Prohibited Steps Order”. Subject to first attending a MIAM (Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting) with a mediator, unless an emergency and a relevant exemption applies.
This will be an application to the Court asking for an Order prohibiting the other party from removing the child from the Court’s jurisdiction.
The Court is also at liberty to attach other conditions to the Order to secure the child/children’s safety/arrangements.
Where the parents are unable to agree on any major issues regarding the upbringing of the child/children in question for example, schooling, religious upbringing or location of residence, a Specific Issue Order will be required asking for the Court to make a determination as to what will be in the best interest of the child/children in question.
Please refer to the Child Arrangements Order pages for the factors that the Court will take into account when considering the above applications, and the procedure that will be followed using CAP (the Child Arrangements Programme).
Should you require a Prohibited Steps Order or a Specific Issue Order we would recommend that you consult with our family law expert without any delay to obtain specialist advice and assistance.
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