What is a Prohibited Steps Order?
A parent can apply to the Family Court for an order known as a Prohibited Steps Order to prevent the other parent who has parental responsibility taking action.
This might include:
- To prevent the child associating with someone who has an adverse influence or is considered to be a danger to the child.
- To prevent medical treatment.
- To prevent the child from being permanently removed from the Country.
- To prevent a change of surname.
Who can apply for a Prohibited Steps Order?
Any parent, guardian or holder of a child arrangement order in relation to a child can make an application for a Prohibited Steps Order.
What we can do for you
We can assist you and represent you in making an application to the Family Court for a Prohibited Steps Order. These applications are normally made on notice to the other party. However, an application can be made without notice in an emergency situation. The affect of the Prohibited Steps Order is to prevent the parent with parental responsibility or a third party from taking any step which is specified within the body of the order without the prior consent of the Court. The most common Prohibited Steps Orders are those forbidding a parent from removing a child permanently abroad, prohibiting contact with a specific person, a ruling for the child not to undergo certain medical procedure or to prevent the change of the child’s surname. Whether your application succeeds will depend on the circumstances presented to the Court and what the Court considers to be in the child’s best interest.
We also act and represent parents defending applications for Prohibited Steps Orders.