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Prohibited Steps Orders

By: Jack Claridge - Updated: 22 Jun 2019 | comments*Discuss
 
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A Prohibited Steps Order (PSO) is an order granted by the court in family cases which prevents either parent from carrying out certain events or making specific trips with their children without the express permission of the other parent. This is more common in cases where there is suspicion that one parent may leave the area with their children.

We have all heard the stories of a parent taking their child for the weekend and not returning them or going abroad with them and it becoming extremely difficult for the other parent to get their child back. Thankfully, this is one of the scenarios that a PSO seeks to prevent.

Can I Take My Child on Holiday?

You can only do this if the court agrees. In order for that to happen, you must appear before a magistrate and prove that you are not likely to leave the country and not come back. It also has to be something that your ex-partner agrees to.

Can a Prohibited Steps Order Be Changed?

The answer to this is yes, but only if all parties are in agreement and can satisfy a magistrate at Family Court. If there have been instances in the past where visitation rights have been exceeded or ignored, the magistrate may feel he or she has no other choice but to rule against any proposed changes to the order. Also, he or she must take into account the effects such changes may have on the child (or children).

What Can I Do If The Other Parent Doesn't Come Back?

There is no easy way to deal with this question – the chances are if they have taken them to a country that has not entered into an agreement with the UK, it may be hard to have your child returned to you. At present there are 45 countries that have entered into an agreement with the UK to help with the recovery of a child in these circumstances.

Does The Prohibited Steps Order Apply Just to Holidays?

No, a PSO also applies to any jurisdiction within the UK as specified by the court at the time of issue. For example, if the court finds that there are grounds to suspect the parent in question may take their child out of the area, then they may specify in the order that they do not do so. Failure to comply with this order is a criminal offence (often charged as kidnapping) and could result in a custodial sentence.

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I live in the UK. I feel worry if my ex will take my child to overseas and not return to the UK. So can you list it clearly which 45 countries that have entered into an agreement with the UK to help with the recovery of a child in these circumstances?
Smile Cat - 22-Jun-19 @ 10:59 AM
My ex husband is keeping my daughter from me despite there being a 50/50 agreement that was set out in court in 2017. He prevented me from taking my daughter on holiday last year, deciding to keep her from me instead - she is 15 now and claiming that she wants to stay with him and his wife but she has clearly hasbeen alienated from me! He wants to take her to Florida in August and will not even give the address of where they are staying - i will not allow her to leave the country until i receive the address - i only get to see her on Tuesdays after school and every other weekend instead of every other week - i’m distraught by thisCan i stop him from taking her based on the fact that he is breaching the court order ? ??
Emilysmum71 - 19-Jun-19 @ 4:44 PM
Hi.. does a preventive steps order still stand if the applicant withdrew the appliction from court?
?? - 4-Jun-19 @ 5:33 PM
If my x parner has a prohibited step order hes not my oldest boys dad so If i went took him.bk could I get done
Lisa - 13-Apr-19 @ 10:24 AM
Can my xhusband take the children passportBy Abudabi court order me ,my children are British he is sudaneses
Lolla - 16-Mar-19 @ 4:54 AM
Me and my son dad have recently split up, due to him leaving for another women, I have asked him to respect my wishes that he leaves it at least a year down the line before introducing her to our 5 year old son who is heartbroken and very insecure about the situation and he will not agree to! There has been few occasions where he has chosen his new women instead of having his sob and he late picking up and always drops off earlier than agreed
Leigh - 29-Dec-18 @ 8:31 PM
Hi! I don't know where is my ex and he has not been paying any maintenance for three years. Iwant to visit my parents in India. I don't know how and where I apply yo cancel prohibited order. Can anyone give me advice for that. Thanks
Pratti - 13-Dec-18 @ 7:38 PM
Hi my partners ex is possibly taking her to court and has in the court forms asked to get a pso. My question is when would a court serve a pso why and on what grounds. Would hey serve one on accusations and if a father does not want a member of her family near his children can he do this.
Dan - 5-Dec-18 @ 3:20 PM
Hi I have a pso in place until my children reach the age of 18. Specifically it states my ex cannot remove them from my car or care of school. And that I may take them out of the country for a period of four weeks without court approval. My question is, my youngest at 13 wants to travel on a scout summer camp to Switzerland, it will be for 10 days, will I need to do anything to allow him to go? Will I need the court to approve? Or an official letter to accompany him perhaps from my solicitor confirming my agreement? I would hate for the scout leaders to be challenged at passport control. Thank you so much for any advice
Muma - 26-Oct-18 @ 7:38 PM
Just a question is the pso still in place if one of the parents passes away
Cj - 22-Oct-18 @ 2:15 AM
Hi I met a women 8 weeks ago she lives 118 miles away from me but wants to live close to me, she has just been given a house 5 miles from me, is she allowed to move her 3 children 110 miles from there father even if she offers to do half the journey for the father to see the kids every weekend. And also see them every school holiday and have contact every evening Thanks
Martin Coleman - 30-Sep-18 @ 9:33 PM
ive had a c100 form and pso put in against me and my ex has lied on form about domestic violence... i took my children as her partner hit my son n i have evidence of that,,,, i also have fought for child tax and won and have paid for mediation which she didnt turn up to.... i am trying to get legal aid but as i am male cant even tho i can prove domestic abuse... what can i do to see my children
jonny - 21-Sep-18 @ 11:55 PM
Hi my ex partner is taking me to court for a psco (today) he lied threw his statement saying I'm going to run away with my kids and he will never see them again but he sees them every weekend will out fail and have never stopped him what are my chances I'm actually panickingad he says I'm an unfit mother etc and don't have my kids interests at heart
Nickey - 30-Aug-18 @ 8:10 AM
Hi, me and my ex separated and she lied to the court and got a non mol order, so I had no way of contacting her. She then moved with my children to Devon from Kent. Once she had the move done the non mol was cancelled and she is allowing me to see my children. Is there any way I can get her to relocate back to an area not do far away. Or I'd it the case now that she's moved and I can't do anything about it
Njhalle - 9-Aug-18 @ 5:04 PM
Kam - Your Question:
Hi, my wife and I separated 3 months ago while prohibited steps order were in place she fled Uk to germany with my two children, how difficult is it to bring my children back into the Uk? And is it a criminal affence to do such thing? Thanks in advance

Our Response:
There are 45 countries which have made an agreement with the United Kingdom to aid the recovery of children taken by a non-resident parent without the court’s consent. An application for a search and find order can be made to bring the child back. The court can make orders to invoke help from the police to obtain information about the whereabouts of the child or to trace the child through searches of airports. Talk to your solicitor in the first instance.
LawAndParents - 3-Aug-18 @ 12:31 PM
Hi, my wife and I separated 3 months ago while prohibited steps order were in place she fled Uk to germany with my two children, how difficult is it to bring my children back into the Uk? And is it a criminal affence to do such thing? Thanks in advance
Kam - 31-Jul-18 @ 11:41 PM
My sons dad is in prison for rape of his sister in law and out this year ..saying hes taking our 4yr old to teach him discipline .. would i be able to stop this from happening
DEBBIE LAYTON - 29-Jul-18 @ 1:43 AM
Ct89 - Your Question:
Hi I have a pso for my son saying his dad cant remove him from my care as he kept threatening to not return him I then went on to have another child with him(not the best decision I ever made) is there any way I could get her added on to theone I have for my son or would I have to apply for another one for her?

Our Response:
You may be able to have the existing PSO amended, a solicitor will be able to tell you more.
LawAndParents - 24-Jul-18 @ 3:41 PM
Hi i have a pso for my son saying his dad cant remove him from my care as he kept threatening to not return him i then went on to have another child with him(not the best decision i ever made) is there any way i could get her added on to theone i have for my son or would i have to apply for another one for her?
Ct89 - 24-Jul-18 @ 11:35 AM
I've had a prohibited steps order in place before as my partner threatened to take my daughter away to her dad's and not come back she's broken every court I've had in place for 4years now just got out of court a week ago another order in place and she's already sent a message saying she's booked a holiday to her dad's over 26times I've had her in court she's done her best to stop contact and now it's ruled in my favour I feel she will go and not come bk and it's only 6week away I'd agree to other places just not her dad's I don't trust her to not come Can you advise me
Joey - 9-Jul-18 @ 8:19 PM
My ex has been awol for over 9 months and was asked by the court to apply for a passport for my child in 2015, he didn’t despite it being a court order! So no SPO was put in place as such as there was no passport, with my mps help I got a passport for the child now have to travel with child in Europe soon what do I do! Can’t afford legal fees and court takes forever to respond to my request of granting me permission to travel! AdviseM
M - 29-Jun-18 @ 11:42 AM
Jenny- Your Question:
Hi! A prohibited steps was put in place 2013 to prevent my son's biological father from taking him. Within this prevents me from changing my son's name. How do I change this. My son has not seen his biological father since 2012

Our Response:
You have to apply for a court order to change your son's name if the father does not consent.
LawAndParents - 25-Jun-18 @ 2:56 PM
Hi, My ex applied PSO to stop me taking my son away two year ago. Now, I have my house and work in UK. But my family is in another country. I found that it is very difficult to get permission from my ex, normally it took months to get a letter. I cant leave uk if my family have an energy as I have to look after my son. And I have to kept chasing. And they limited the dates for me to visit my parents. I didn't get maintenance and my son 7 days live with me. My ex didn't see my son a lot.I cant go to travelling with my son as he always didn't reply. and sometimes just said you seems have money then you have to pay more my son school fee. ( we agreed if he would like my son to go to private school, he pay for him, but actually I paid some of the fees.) In this case, Is that easy for me to discharge this order please? and if not, How long I need to wait until this order is invalid ( I means that I didn't need his permission to go out uk with my son.
Grace - 25-Jun-18 @ 2:05 PM
Hi! A prohibited steps was put in place 2013 to prevent my son's biological father from taking him. Within this prevents me from changing my son's name. How do I change this. My son has not seen his biological father since 2012
Jenny - 23-Jun-18 @ 1:35 PM
Hartshrsh - Your Question:
My partners ex has placed a prohibited steps order against my partner removing his child out of her care. She has moved the child’s school and will not tell us the new school name (however we think we know it). As a parent, is my partner allowed to go to said new school with his child’s birth certificate and ask that his postal address is put onto the system, allowing the new school to send us copies of school reports. Or will this be breaching the order? We do not wish to take her out of school, only receive copies of letter/reports

Our Response:
What are the details of your court order? We'd really need more detail to comment on this.
LawAndParents - 22-Jun-18 @ 12:29 PM
My partners ex has placed a prohibited steps order against my partner removing his child out of her care. She has moved the child’s school and will not tell us the new school name (however we think we know it). As a parent, is my partner allowed to go to said new school with his child’s birth certificate and ask that his postal address is put onto the system, allowing the new school to send us copies of school reports. Or will this be breaching the order? We do not wish to take her out of school, only receive copies of letter/reports
Hartshrsh - 21-Jun-18 @ 12:40 PM
I have just been to court yesterday the judge has made an order that is dad is not to move him from my care and we as parents are to try and sort out how he sees his son until the next hearing as he wants social services to attend the hearing .
Kizzy - 21-Jun-18 @ 7:20 AM
Kelmc78 - Your Question:
Hi, my brother and his ex have a shared care order in place for their 4 children. The oldest spends 5 night with dad and 2 with mum. The 3 younger siblings stay from fri-mon. The oldest son has said their mum intends to move away and take the children with her. Can we apply for a pso or do we have to go through mediation all again first. It's a matter of urgency. Thanks

Our Response:
You can apply straight to the courts for a prohibited steps order.
LawAndParents - 8-Jun-18 @ 1:59 PM
Hi, my brother and his ex have a shared care order in place for their 4 children. The oldest spends 5 night with dad and 2 with mum. The 3 younger siblings stay from fri-mon. The oldest son has said their mum intends to move away and take the children with her. Can we apply for a pso or do we have to go through mediation all again first. It's a matter of urgency. Thanks
Kelmc78 - 6-Jun-18 @ 7:23 PM
Ex has put our 8 year son on back of his sports motorbike, not wearing armoured trousers, down a 60 mph dual carriageway - 4 times in one weekend. I am refusing to let Son on the back of the bike again. Can I get a PSO to enforce this, until he's 16 years old? A court would surely see the irresponsibility of the parent?? TIA
Anon - 22-May-18 @ 11:25 PM
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