The English court can make an order preventing a particular course of action in relation to a child if a dispute arises– this is known as a prohibited steps order. These can cover a wide range of issues, including plans to relocate a child within the UK or abroad and plans to take a child on holiday.
Various categories of people are entitled to apply for a prohibited steps order under s8 of the Children Act 1989 including a legal parent, guardian and those with a residence order for a child.
Other categories of people, for example a grandparent, must first obtain the permission of the court to apply (involving consideration of their motives, connection with the child and wider circumstances)
The court will consider each application carefully and will often commission an in-depth report from a CAFCASS officer before making a best interests decision concerning the child.
Court procedure for a prohibited steps order
If you seek a prohibited steps order for a child (or are involved in such proceedings) you will need to comply with the relevant court procedure. Click here for more information.
The welfare of the child will be the court’s paramount consideration during the court proceedings. Click here for more information.
How we can help
We can help with:
- Guidance about how a prohibited steps order would impact upon your family and/or legal status for a child (whatever your personal circumstances)
- Advice and representation in court in contested prohibited steps proceedings
If you would like to discuss your personal situation in more detail or you would like more information about a prohibited steps order please contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone +44 (0)207 222 1244.