A prohibited steps order is an order which prevents a step being taken by a parent in exercising parental responsibility for a child without the consent of the English Family Court.  A prohibited steps order can include an order preventing:

  • the removal of the child from the UK
  • the child from undergoing certain surgery or receiving a blood transfusion
  • the changing of a child's religio
  • a change in a child's schooling
  • a change in a child's name
  • a parent from exercising his right to see child's school record

Your legal standing in respect of a child will govern whether you are entitled to apply for a prohibited steps order in the English Family Court or whether you must first make an application for leave.

The English Family Court will consider all the relevant facts and determine a prohibited steps application in the best interests of the child.

How we can help you

We provide confidential, incisive expert legal advice on:

  • court process and acquisition of a prohibited steps order
  • managing arrangements for children following relationship breakdown
  • acquisition and operation of parental responsibility 
  • financial decision making and provision for a child
  • preparation of "specialist family proof" wills

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Arrange a meeting with Louisa Ghevaert, Partner and Head of the Fertility and Parenting Team at Michelmores: email louisa.ghevaert@michelmores.com or telephone +44(0)207 7886382.


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