In their simplest terms, these are orders that make decisions about the arrangements for children. Commonly, this is with whom they live and where they stay, historically known as custody or residence and contact orders. However, these can also cover what a parent can or cannot do with their child. These are known as Prohibited Steps Orders or Specific Issue Orders. A Prohibited Steps Order stops a parent exercising an aspect of their parental responsibility when the other parent does not agree to that course of action; such as a change of name or relocation. A Specific Issue Order is used where the court is required to step in and make a decision for a child about a certain point where the parents simply cannot agree it between them; such as what school they should go to.
Our team does not just assist parents but also frequently assists Grandparents, Special Guardians and other family members with child issues. We not only have the expertise to assist in straightforward disputes but also have specialisms in children cases involving the following:
- Internal and External relocation (moving away in the UK or moving abroad with a child);
- Coercive control and domestic abuse issues;
- Parental alienation. This is an extremely complex issue and specialist legal advice should always be taken whether you are concerned about your child’s parent alienating you or if you, yourself are accused of alienating your child;
- Criminal involvement; allegations of abuse against a child, be that sexual, physical or other criminal offences which may impact on care of a child;
- Social Services’ involvement
- Jurisdictional issues;
- Modern families;
- Mental health in parents and children;
- Substance abuse and addiction issues.
If you are in need of any advice about your child/ren, their welfare and arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01273 956270 or using our website form. We offer a free initial 30 minute consultation in qualifying circumstances and also are able to offer legal aid should you meet the relevant criteria.