Navigating the Legal Process of Obtaining a Prohibited Steps Order

Navigating the Legal Process of Obtaining a Prohibited Steps Order
Navigating the Legal Process of Obtaining a Prohibited Steps Order

A Prohibited Steps Order (PSO) is a court order that prohibits a parent from taking certain actions in relation to their child without the court’s permission. This guide will walk you through the legal process of obtaining a PSO in the UK.

Step 1: Seeking Legal Advice

The first step in obtaining a PSO is to seek legal advice from a family law solicitor. They will be able to assess your situation and advise you on whether a PSO is the appropriate course of action. They will also be able to guide you through the legal process and represent you in court, if necessary.

Step 2: Filing an Application

Once you have decided to proceed with a PSO, your solicitor will help you draft an application to the court. This application will outline the reasons why you are seeking a PSO and the specific actions you want to prohibit. You will need to file this application with the court and pay the relevant court fees.

Step 3: Court Hearing

After filing the application, the court will schedule a hearing to consider your case. You and the other parent will be required to attend this hearing, where both parties will have the opportunity to present their arguments. The court will then decide whether to grant the PSO based on the evidence presented.

Step 4: Obtaining the Order

If the court decides to grant the PSO, a formal court order will be issued outlining the specific actions that are prohibited. This order will be legally binding and enforceable, meaning that the parent must comply with its terms or face legal consequences.

Step 5: Enforcement

If the other parent violates the terms of the PSO, you can take legal action to enforce the order. This may involve filing a contempt of court motion or seeking assistance from the police or social services. Your solicitor can advise you on the best course of action in this situation.


Obtaining a Prohibited Steps Order can be a complex and challenging process, but with the right legal advice and representation, you can protect your child from harm or unwanted actions. If you believe that a PSO is necessary in your situation, do not hesitate to seek legal advice and take the necessary steps to protect your child.

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18th May 2024
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