If you cannot agree a specific matter for a child which has (or will) arise about any aspect of parental responsibility you can apply to the English Family Court for a specific issue order.

A specific issue order can determine a particular matter for a child, including:

  • where a child should be educated
  • issues of religion or medical treatment (e.g. blood transfusion, circumcision)
  • whether a child should be told the truth about his/her biological origins
  • whether a child should be returned to this jurisdiction
  • determination of a child's surname

Your legal standing in respect of a child will govern whether you are entitled to apply for a specific issue 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 specific issue application in the best interests of the child.

How we can help you

We provide confidential, incisive expert legal advice on:

  • entitlement to apply for a specific issue order and applications for leave
  • court process and acquisition of a specific issue 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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