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Prohibited Steps Order

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If you suspect that your ex-partner is likely to try and take your child from you or leave the country then you may be able to apply for a prohibited steps order.

A Prohibited Steps Order Can Prevent Your Child Being Taken Away From You

A prohibited steps order prevents a particular course of action in relation to a child without the express permission of the other parent. These can cover a wide range of issues including plans to relocate, either in the UK or abroad or even taking your child on holiday. They are more common in cases where there is suspicion that one parent may leave the area with their children.

If your partner has already taken the children out of the country then the court may be able to get the children back, but this depends on which country the child has been taken to.

Courts Will Take into Account the Child’s Best Interests

As with any court case concerning a child, the welfare of the child will be the court’s paramount consideration during court proceedings. The court will consider each application carefully and will often commission reports from CAFCASS before making a decision in the best interest for the child.

At Hattons we can give you guidance about how a prohibited steps order would impact upon your family and/or legal status for a child whatever your personal circumstances. We can also offer advice and representation in court for contested prohibited steps proceedings.

Click here to find out about the limited legal funding options available for specific types of family law cases

We cover all aspects of family law and offer very competitive rates and payment plans to ease the financial pressure. Costs can be discussed at the initial appointment. Click this link to check if you qualify for Legal Aid.

To find out about Hattons family and child law services or to discuss making a prohibited steps order call our expert family law legal team on 0800 298 9690 or alternatively fill in the Call Back Request form to the right of this screen.

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