Prohibited steps applications...

What is a prohibited steps order?

A prohibited steps order allows the courts to prohibit a parent or other person from taking steps in relation to a child without the courts approval. 

 Do you need a prohibited steps issue order?

 A prohibited steps order may be required in a number of circumstances including: 

  • prohibiting a child from being enrolled or withdrawn from a particular school;
  • prohibiting a child being relocated to a different part of the country without the consent of the other parent;
  • prohibiting a child associating with a particular person; 
  • prohibiting a parent from changing a child's surname; 
  • prohibiting the removal of a child from the UK (where there is no residence order in force). 

When can prohibited steps orders be made?

A prohibited steps order can be made:

  • in existing proceedings concerning a child;
  • as a free standing application; 
  • without notice to the other party in cases of emergency; or  
  • in conjunction with other section 8 children applications e.g. specific issue applications. 

How we can help

If there are no urgent child protection issues, we can help you negotiate a settlement through correspondence, mediation or collaborative law, taking into account all relevant issues. If you are unable to reach an agreement or in cases of emergency we can assist you in bringing or defending a prohibited steps application through the courts.

Fixed fee court application

If you are unable to reach an agreement about the specific issue and need help bringing or defending a court application, we charge a fixed fee of £400 + vat (£80) + court fees (£215 only payable by the applicant), total £695. This covers the preparation of the application and all work up to and including representation at the first court appointment.

If your case does not settle at the first appointment we will discuss with you the further costs involved and either offer a further fixed fee or charge you on a time basis at our competitive rate. Please refer to our fixed fees page for further details.

Need further advice?

If you need more detailed advice about applying for a prohibited steps order call us on (01228) 829530 to arrange an initial consultation or request a free call back.