Child Arrangement OrdersAfter a divorce or separation, it is preferable that the child’s parents agree on arrangements for the children of the family. Keeping them settled helps to avoid disruption. However, if both parents don’t agree then proceedings can be started in order to resolve this in Court. Child Arrangements Orders set out which parent a child will live with and what time will be spent with the other parent. There are two types of orders to regulate and resolve any issues between anyone with parental responsibility of a child regarding their upbringing: Prohibited Steps Order and Specific Issue Order.
What are Prohibited Steps Orders (PSO) and Specific Issue Orders (SIO)?A Prohibited Steps Order prevents a parent exercising their parental responsibility by forbidding certain actions or events. Examples of prohibited steps:
- Prevent medical treatment
- Prevent permanent removal of child from country
- Prevent an ‘adverse influence’ associating with child
- Choice of school the child attends
- The use of religion in the upbringing
- If the child can be taken to live abroad
How can DPP Law help?Once a divorce or separation is underway then it is time to begin proceedings for child arrangements. Mediation is always the start of this and court should be seen as a last resort. Call one of our team today for more information on how we go about resolving these matters and assist you to get the best outcome for all involved.