What is a Specific Issue Order and What is a Prohibited Steps Order?

Updated: Sep 8

When couples part ways, they most often have disagreements about the upbringing of the children and find it difficult to come on the same page on certain issues involving their children. Unless there’s an order in place, there’s no law providing that both parties have got parental responsibility or prevent one parent from being involved in decisions relating to the child.



Specific Issue Order in Family Law
Specific Issue Order in Family Law

In the English family law, when two parents cannot find an amicable solution on their own, either parent can apply for a Specific Issue Order or a Prohibited Steps Order to let the court decide what’s best in their child’s interests. Both orders are used to available under section 8 of the Children Act 1989 to settle the child arrangement disputes that occur when couples are separated.


In this article, we’ll discuss many you need to know about Specific Issue Order and a Prohibited Steps Order, including how they work, and the legalities involved while seeking them. Let get started! Oh, just one more point, this is just what it says, an article, this is not legal advice and should not be treated as legal advice. If you need assistance with the Complex children matter please contact us and read more about complex child law by clicking here.


What is a Specific Issue Order?



Specific Issue Order is an order issued by the court to resolve a disagreement between parents on any particular issue related to parental responsibility. This order is significant when it comes to empowering one of the parents to make discissions without consulting the other.



A parent with a Specific Issue Order can be made to decide the following without consulting the other parent: