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Prohibited Steps Order

Prohibited Steps Order Solicitors

Dealing with Prohibited Steps Orders (PSO)

A Prohibited Steps Order is a type of Court Order used by one parent to stop another parent from making certain decisions about their child’s upbringing.

A Prohibited Steps Order could prevent:

  • The parent from moving a child from their school/nursery
  • The child coming into contact with another person (e.g. your ex-partner’s new partner)
  • The parent from moving a child outside of the UK
  • Changing of a child’s last name
  • The parent moving a child from their home or local area
  • A parent allowing a child to undergo risky medical treatment

Prohibited Steps Orders have a large impact on the way in which a parent is able to exercise their Parental Responsibility, and for that reason they are not made lightly. A Prohibited Steps Order normally lasts until the child turns 16, but can be for a set amount of time, or until the child is 18 in limited circumstances.

Although a Prohibited Steps Order is used for a specific reason, it is different to a Specific Issue Order – a Prohibited Steps Order is used to prevent a parent from taking actions involving a child, rather than giving them permission to do so.

How can Berris Law help?

Family law is a broad and complex area of legal practice and at Berris Law, this is our area of expertise.

Prohibited steps orders (PSOs) are not usually applied for unless the situation is very difficult, and we are well versed in assisting in such complex cases. We will carefully discuss all of the factors to take into consideration when applying for a PSO, including what it will cover, any changes which can be applied subsequently and all other areas you need to think about at the time of application.

Subsequently, we will keep you fully informed of the progress of your case, treating you with empathy and understanding while applying our expert legal knowledge to get you the best results.

What if I can’t afford a solicitor?

Legal aid is sometimes available to those who cannot afford to pay legal costs. This is assessed on a means and merits basis. Each application is kept confidential and will be treated with the utmost respect.

In some instances, legal aid does not cover all legal costs or may be repayable, but if you think you may be eligible we will carry out an initial eligibility assessment and assist in submitting an application to the legal aid agency.

Speak to a member of our legal team for specialist advice

We at Berris Law have many years of experience in this field and in particular, Julian Hayes an expert Child Panel solicitor who has obtained many positive outcomes for parents. Please call on 020 3325 7415 for a free consultation.


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