The Difference Between a Prohibited Steps Order and a Specific Issue Order
This is because they are both methods of controlling what a parent of a child can do.
These orders can be very important to a parent if the other parent of their child is threatening actions such as moving a child out of the country, away from them or are going to change their child's name.
These are just examples and there are many practical reasons for applying for these orders.
Prohibited Steps Order This order will prohibit certain actions of a parent, or anyone with parental responsibility.
These orders are granted by the courts and state that a person refrains from making certain actions about their child.
These are some common uses of this order: · Preventing the child from being brought into contact with certain people who are seen as a danger, or a bad influence to the child.
· Preventing the person from moving abroad with the child, or a considerable distance away from the other parent, even if measures to keep contact with all parents are assured.
· Preventing the changing of the child's name.
Specific Issue Orders A specific issue order, is in a way, the opposite to a prohibited steps order as it deals with specific actions that the parent or person with parental responsibility must make.
It is normally used when a question over parenting techniques cannot be decided and it is left to the courts to make the decision.
These are some common uses for a Specific Issue Order: · Which school should the child attend? · Where or if the child should be taken on holiday.
· Decisions about the child's religion.
· What medical treatment the child should receive · Other education decisions regarding the child.
When these orders should be used.
These order should normally only be used when there is a dispute between the parents or those with parental responsibility.
If there is a dispute then an application to the courts may be the best option for a parent.
However, it should not be used in disputes over getting contact with a child that you are not being able to see, or where the child should live.
These situations have specific orders: Contact Orders and Residence Orders.
If there is not a dispute then no order should be granted.
This is because it has been proved that it is better for a child to have as little contact with the law as possible.