How is a Specific Issue or a Prohibited Steps Order made?
Generally these orders take place because an issue has arisen, such as one parent finding a new partner and wanting to move to a new location, or one parent wanting to take the children abroad on an extended holiday etc. The court’s main concern is always the welfare of the child in question and their best interests, so this will determine the outcome of any application for an order.
Applications are made on a C100 form and are heard before a judge and a representative from Cafcass (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Services), who is a qualified social worker. This first meeting will be in private and will endeavour to facilitate an agreement between the parents as to how to determine the issue. This needs the consent of both parents, which can often be impossible, particularly if there have been allegations of domestic violence.