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Prohibited Steps

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  • In brief: A father (“F”) successfully opposed the lifting of a prohibited steps order preventing the mother (“M”) from leaving the jurisdiction with the child. M had already been refused permission to leave permanently and relocate to Japan (her country of origin) with the child but a PSO preventing her from going on holiday to Japan had been lifted. F successfully argued that the trial judge had failed to analyse the difficulties which may arise when seeking to enforce orders in Japan and a PSO for two years was substituted. Judgment, 02/08/2018, free
  • A declaration was made that the mother had wrongfully removed the child to Hungary the day after a prohibited steps order had been made, but which had not been served on the mother because she was not at home when the process server tried to serve the order. Judgment, 26/05/2017, free
  • The father (“F”) opposed an application by the mother (“M”) to vary a prohibited steps order that prevented her going on holiday with the children. M was Iranian and there were concerns she would take the children to Iran – a non-Hague country – where F, as a prominent LGBT+ campaigner would be prevented from travelling to. The variation was made by the court, the court having assessed the risk of wrongful retention as low. Judgment, 17/02/2017, free
  • Mother applied for orders including a child arrangements order (that the children live with her and that there is no contact ordered with Father), a specific issue order (that the children are to be known by different names), a prohibited steps order and a s91 (14) order (restricting Father from making further applications to the court). Judgment, 28/07/2016, free
  • Father's application for contact with his son (father having been convicted of a sex offence), mother's application for a prohibited steps order to replace father's undertakings and an application under section 91(14). Judgment, 29/01/2016, free

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