Prohibited Steps Orders

Dealing with Prohibited Steps Orders (PSO)

Prohibited steps orders are granted by UK courts to prevent a parent from removing a child from the other parent and/or preventing the removal of the child (or children) from the country without first gaining the consent of the other parent.

These orders are generally more common when there is a concern that one parent may leave the country with the child on a more permanent basis; a prohibited steps order is designed to help prevent this from happening. If a parent leaves the country with a child it can become difficult for the other parent to get the child back, and PSO’s are designed to try and stop this before it happens.

The orders can be varied after they are first granted, provided there is the agreement of all parties. They provide an important tool in safeguarding the child and their relationship with both parents.

How can the National Legal Service help?

Family law is a broad and complex area of legal practice and at National Legal Service, this is our area of expertise.

Our multidisciplinary team has a strong focus on family law. In addition, our experienced solicitors come from diverse backgrounds and operate throughout the UK.

Prohibited steps orders (PSOs) are not usually applied for unless the situation is very difficult, and we are well versed in assisting in such complex cases. We will carefully discuss all of the factors to take into consideration when applying for a PSO, including what it will cover, any changes which can be applied subsequently and all other areas you need to think about at the time of application.

Subsequently, we will keep you fully informed of the progress of your case, treating you with empathy and understanding while applying our expert legal knowledge to get you the best results.

What if I can’t afford a solicitor?

Legal aid is sometimes available to those who cannot afford to pay legal costs. This is assessed on a means and merits basis. Each application is kept confidential and will be treated with the utmost respect.

In some instances, legal aid does not cover all legal costs or may be repayable, but if you think you may be eligible we will carry out an initial eligibility assessment and assist in submitting an application to the legal aid agency.

Speak to a member of our legal team for specialist advice

We know each case is individual, and will always talk you through all of your options before taking on your case and assisting with a prohibited steps order. Call 0203 601 5051 to talk about your unique case with one of our experienced team.

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