Prohibited Steps Orders

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A Prohibited Steps Order is an Order used to stop one parent from making a decision about a child’s upbringing and restricts them in meeting an aspect of their Parental Responsibility.

It can be used to prevent a parent from doing something, such as:

Parents, Special Guardians, Step Parents with Parental Responsibility and anyone named in a Child Arrangements Order as a person with whom the child is to live (Residence) can apply for a Prohibited Steps Order. Anyone else will need the permission of the Court.

If an issue arises regarding the exercise of Parental Responsibility, we offer practical advice to assist you try to resolve the problem.

We understand that putting the needs of your children first is important, so our expert team is on hand to try to help you resolve the dispute. No matter how complex the situation, we will work with you to try to come to an agreement.

At Hart Reade, although our primary objective is to resolve matters by agreement, there are cases where it is necessary to apply to the Court to prevent a parent taking a certain step and to safeguard your children.

Our experienced family law team are highly experienced in representing clients at Court and will give you clear and practical advice.

Although attending Court can be a stressful and bewildering experience, our aim is to minimise any apprehension by providing professional representation, designed to safeguard your children.

If you require Court Proceedings to be issued, or you have been served with Court papers, please make an appointment and we can consider together how best to assist you.

Free Legal Appointment

Our Family Department offers a free 30 minute appointment to all clients.

At that appointment we will discuss and review your circumstances and give you preliminary legal advice.

We will also review with you, in general terms, your options in respect of the divorce, finances or children matters and also provide a cost estimate.

The 30 minute appointment will be free of charge and there will be no obligation for you to use our services.

Please telephone the following contact numbers to arrange an appointment:

Eastbourne 01323 727321

Hailsham 01323 841481

Polegate 01323 487051

Meads 01323 407577

Alternatively, please complete the contact form below.

We will maintain complete confidentiality and discretion at all times.

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Please note the above is for information purposes only and is intended to be a short summary.  It should not be treated as a comprehensive guide and should not be acted on without qualified legal advice.

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