Prohibited Steps Order

What is a Prohibited Steps Order?

A prohibited steps order prevents a parent from taking certain actions related to their parental responsibility for a child without the consent of the court. This order focuses on a specific issue and places restrictions, such as changing a child’s name, relocating a child outside the UK (in the absence of a child arrangements order), or making decisions about the child’s medical treatment.

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.

AWhen the court is considering a Prohibited Steps 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 Prohibited Steps Order. We provide legal advice and support to help individuals understand their rights, obligations, and options when seeking a Prohibited Steps 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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