What is a Prohibited Steps Order?

A Prohibited Steps Order is granted by the Court and prohibits a parent or anyone else from doing certain activities with their child by placing restrictions on their parental responsibility. For example, a Prohibited Steps Order could prevent a parent from making decisions about medical treatment; taking their child out of school; removing them from their home, local area or the UK; or changing the child’s surname.

If you are separated or going through a separation and your former partner is threatening certain actions with your child such as taking them out of school or their home, then you might consider making a Prohibited Steps Order to prevent them from doing so.

Usually you will need to show that you have attended or attempted mediation before you can apply; however in some circumstances such as where there is an imminent threat, an urgent order may be made.

Parents, step-parents, guardians, Special Guardians or anyone named in a Child Arrangements Order whom the child will live with can make a Prohibited Steps Order. At Rotheras our Child Care team have considerable experience in advising people who want to make a Prohibited Steps Order and can advise you on the impact of such an order on your family.

Why use Rotheras?

We can help you if you would like to make an application for a Prohibited Steps Order or you have received notice of an application for one.

We can assist you if you would like to vary an existing order.

We can advise if you want to make a Prohibited Steps Order as a stand-alone application or in conjunction with a Child Arrangements Order.

We can help you to access family mediation in an attempt to reach a resolution.

We can represent you at court for contesting such orders.

We may be able to provide Legal Aid where eligible. Give us a free phone call or email to find out.

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Ann-Marie Bowman

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Ann-Marie Bowman is Partner and Chairwoman of Nottingham based law firm Rotheras. Ann-Marie remains highly committed to her fee-earning work in family law, dealing with all aspects of children matters.

Ruth Tyas

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Ruth specialises in all aspects of family law and since 2010 she has been an accredited specialist in private law children matters and in domestic abuse where urgent protective remedies are required.

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Associate Solicitor

Sally Hartland is a Family, Matrimonial and Child Law specialist based at our offices in The Lace Market.

Rebecca Lister


Rebecca Lister is a Solicitor within our Family Department and specialises in children and child care proceedings, regularly representing parents during care proceedings.

Chris Bradshaw

Family Law Executive

Chris specialises in children matters and provides support to Ann-Marie Bowman.

Sue Dutton

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Sue Dutton is a Legal Executive in the Family and Childcare department at Rotheras and is based at our Long Eaton office.

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