Applying for a Prohibited Steps Order
Our family law team can help you apply to the Court for a Prohibited Steps Order, or you can apply yourself. If you feel able to make the application and represent yourself in Court, we don’t always need to take the reins entirely, and can advise you in the background.
It is possible to make an urgent application for a Prohibited Steps Order, where the other parent is not given notice, but only in exceptional circumstances. Our team will listen to your story and can explain to you if there is a way for you to secure urgent safeguards from the Court.
How to Apply for a Prohibited Steps Order
If you want to apply yourself, you will need to download a C100 form from the gov.uk website.
The gov.uk website provides guidance on how to fill in C100 forms, but if you feel unsure about how to present your case, then advice from a Family and Child Law Solicitor can give your application the best chance of succeeding.
You need to send the original signed C100 form plus three copies to the Court to approve.
If you don’t already have Parental Responsibility for the child, for example if you aren’t named as the father on the birth certificate, you can still apply for a Prohibited Steps Order. We can advise you on the information that you’ll need for this.
Can a Prohibited Steps Order be Overturned?
If you think a Prohibited Steps Order has been made for the wrong reasons then you might wish to appeal the Court’s decision. However, appeals can only be made in limited circumstances and take time.
If circumstances change, and a Prohibited Steps Order is no longer needed, then they can be discharged if all parties are in agreement, or if the Court considers it to be in the best interests of the child.
The Court will likely approve the changes to a Prohibited Steps Order, unless the original Prohibited Steps Order had a provision (a clause) outlining that changes couldn’t be made, even with consent.
Before Going to Court
If you feel able to, it’s important that you try and come to an agreement with your ex-partner about your child before you apply to Court.
If you cannot agree, the next step is to get advice about the strengths and weaknesses of your case, try mediation or prepare a Parenting Plan. You can attend a Separated Parenting Information Programme (or SPIP) to see if this can help you overcome the issues that you are struggling to resolve.
Applying for a Court Order can be expensive and take time, for both you and your child, but we understand that in some cases this may be a parent’s only option. Our specialist Family and Child Law Solicitors are experts in dealing with Child Court Orders and can help you with your case.
We are accredited by the Law Society for Family Law and Children Law, and will work with you to reach the best outcome for you and your child.