Prohibited Steps Order

Posted on Sunday, 30th Aug, 2015 at 11:57:54 PM
What is a Prohibited Steps Order?
At times, you may wish to prevent your ex-partner carrying out an act in respect of your child, such as leaving the country or taking them to a specific location. Usually, such incidents happen as an emergency and there is no time to enter into negotiations and mediation.
Again, both parents are able to apply for a Prohibited Steps Order concerning issues regarding Parental Responsibility. For example, you may apply to:
Stop the child from associating with someone who will have a negative influence on them.
Prevent medical treatment.
Stop the child from being taken abroad on either a permanent or temporary basis.

If a parent plans to emigrate with a child or children, the non-resident parent will most likely strongly oppose this. If a child is to be taken out of the country on a permanent basis, contact between the two will inevitably be significantly reduced, potentially impacting the progression of their relationship.

All decisions during the application process for a Prohibited Steps order are done so with the child's best interest being the principal deciding factor.

The court will consider the child's welfare and a Welfare Checklist will contribute to the final decision:

What the child wants and feels, dependent on how old the child is and their understanding of the situation.

The physical, emotional and educational needs of the child and the impact that any change to the circumstances of the child will have.

The child's age, sex, background and any characteristics the court considers relevant.

Whether the child has suffered any harm or is at risk of suffering in the future.

The capability of each of the child's parents in meeting the needs of the child. (The court will also consider any other relevant person in the same context)

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