Although a prohibited steps order is often utilised to stop a parent from taking a child abroad, it can be used for a wide range of different reasons.
As well as stopping a parent from taking their child abroad, prohibited steps orders are frequently used to stop a parent from doing something with their child, such as attending events or taking part in certain activities.
However, a prohibited steps order can actually be made against anyone. Having parental responsibility is not a prerequisite. What’s more, a prohibited steps order may even be used on someone who is not party to the proceedings.
Certain people can apply to the court for a prohibited steps order without needing permission from the court, first. This includes guardians, the person who is named on the child arrangements order as the person who the child is living with, parents and step parents with parental responsibility.
Others will have to seek permission from the courts to apply for the prohibited steps order, before making the application.
A prohibited steps order could stop someone (usually a parent) from doing various things, such as:
A prohibited steps order may be made during any family proceedings involving the child or as a separate application to the court.
The welfare of the child is always the court’s top priority when making its decision about whether or not to make a prohibited steps order. When making their decision, the Judge will be guided by various issues, such as the wishes of the child and any harm suffered by the child.
Either until the child is 16 years old or, more rarely, until the child reaches 18 years old.
Alternatively, a prohibited steps order can last for a specific amount of time (which is specified on the order).
There are various restrictions when it comes to prohibited steps orders. For example:
It may be possible to make an urgent application to the court for a prohibited steps order, without informing the other party.
As always, it is important to seek legal advice for your individual circumstances.
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