Prohibited Steps Order (PSO)

A Prohibited Steps Order (PSO) is an order of the court preventing a parent exercising full parental responsibility.

A PSO can direct a parent that he or she may or may not do certain things. Examples include an order:

  • preventing a parent from removing a child from school/nursery
  • preventing a parent removing a child from the jurisdiction of England and Wales
  • preventing a child being known by a different surname.

These orders are often made ex parte in emergency circumstances and will not be made for what could be described as trivial matters.

The court is extremely critical of any application which could otherwise have been dealt with by way of a Child Arrangements Order.

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