Specific Issue Orders

Posted on Sunday, 30th Aug, 2015 at 11:54:54 PM
Specific Issue Orders, much like the name suggests, are orders sought from the family court to determine a particular matter in connection with the exercise of Parental Responsibility. These orders can cover a wide range of issues that you and your ex-partner cannot agree on, such as:
Whether your child or children should change their name(s)
Decisions pertaining to their education
Whether they should have a particular medical treatment or operation
Whether they should receive religious or non-religious education
Taking the child to live abroad on a permanent basis
Preventing someone from having contact with your child.

It is important to note that a magistrate or judge may make a Specific Issue Order of their own volition. This is generally in situations in which the judge is satisfied that there is a risk that the parent in question may go ahead with a particular course of action without seeking the other's consent.

A specific issue order may be made under section 8 of the Children Act 1989 (CA 1989). It gives directions for determining a specific question that has arisen, or that may arise, in connection with any aspect of parental responsibility for a child.

It can be used to determine questions about a childs upbringing, eg whether the child should go to a state school or be educated privately. A specific issue order can be made on its own or with a Child Arrangements Order (CAO).

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