Specific Issue Order

What is a Specific Issues Order?

A Specific Issue Order is used to determine a specific question that has arisen, or that may arise, in connection with any aspect of parental responsibility for a child. It can be used to determine questions about a child’s upbringing, such as schooling or in relation to medical treatment including immunisation, or issues relating to religion. It may also be used to resolve disputes regarding the child’s name or taking the child out of the jurisdiction. A specific issue order can be made on its own or it may be made with another order such as a Child Arrangement Order.

A Specific Issue Order must pertain to an aspect of parental responsibility. For instance, it cannot be used to prohibit contact between the parents.

An application for a Specific Issue Order can be made to the family court where a dispute arises between separated parents and/or families about specific issues concerning children.

Attendance at a family mediation information and assessment meeting (MIAM) is compulsory before an application in private law proceedings relating to children may be issued unless a MIAM exemption or a mediator’s exemption applies.

When the court is considering a Specific Issue Order, the child’s welfare will be the courts paramount concern and it will decide on what is the best outcome for the child. Often, the court will instruct Cafcass (an independent body who advises the family courts about what is safe for children) to compile a report regarding the best interests of the child.

How can we help?

SMK Solicitors can assist in navigating the process of applying for a Specific Issue Order. We provide legal advice and support to help individuals understand their rights, obligations, and options when seeking a child arrangement order.

Our team is here to provide the support and guidance you need and assist families to reach safe and child-focused agreements for their child, where possible outside the court setting.

Contact us now to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards resolving your family law concerns.

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