What is a Prohibited Steps Order / Specific issue order?A Prohibited Steps Order (PSO) or Specific Issue Order (SIO) is granted by the courts to prevent either parent from making specific trips or carrying out certain changes with the children without the written permission of the other parent. PSO’s / SIO’s are not always necessary. However, there have been instances where one parent has taken the children abroad and not returned, making it very difficult for the other parent to see their children again. This is an example of just one type of situation that PSO’s / SIO’s help to prevent, so they are especially useful if the divorce is not amicable.
How long does a PSO or SIO last?Once the court has granted the order, this will remain in place until all parties have come to an agreement regarding the children. This includes the agreement of visitation rights, and a mediation meeting must take place to prove to the courts that the children are no longer caught in the crossfire of the divorce.
Examples of how a PSO or SIO can helpThere are a wide variety of issues that can occur regarding children during a divorce, including:
- Decisions made regarding the education of the children.
- Decisions made regarding the use of religion in bringing up the children.
- Decisions made regarding the children being taken to live abroad.
- Decisions made regarding the medical treatment of the children.
- Decisions made regarding other parties being involved in the lives of the children.