Specific Issue Order
A specific issue order is a flexible order under section 8 Children Act 1989 that resolves a range of issues relating to the exercise of parental responsibility and upbringing of a child.
Disputes about a specific issue for a child can have wide-ranging legal, practical, emotional and financial implications. They can have particularly complex dynamics in modern family, international and assisted reproduction cases involving a co-parent, surrogate, inter-family or known donation and a blended family where expectations, time spent with the child, legal status and identity can also be at issue.
Disputes about a specific issue include whether:
- A child should be informed about their biological origins or assisted conception.
- A child should change their gender.
- A child’s name should be legally changed.
- A child can permanently relocate within the UK or abroad.
- A child should undergo specific medical treatment or an immunisation.
- A child should be privately educated or attend a particular school.
Parents, step-parents with parental responsibility, guardians, special guardians and an individual who is named in a child arrangements order as a person with whom the child is to live can apply for a specific issue order. Other individuals require the court’s permission to make an application for a specific issue order.
In determining a specific issue order application, the child’s welfare is the court’s paramount consideration. The court must also take into account a range of legal factors known as ‘the statutory checklist’ contained in section 1(3) of the Children Act 1989 and any other factors that it considers relevant. Specific issue orders can be made in conjunction with other family orders (e.g. a child arrangements order).
Specific issue for a child – legal review
This provides tailored expert legal advice under English family law about a specific issue for a child. It
- Advises on a wide range of issues including: holiday and travel arrangements, education, religious upbringing, medical issue or treatment, relocation, a child’s name or identity.
- Legal and practical options to resolve the specific issue (including day-to-day arrangements, negotiations, correspondence, court proceedings).
- Advises on eligibility and court process for a specific issue order.
- Answers legal and practical questions.
- Creates a tailored legal and practical action plan.
This consultation only provides initial specialist advice on a specific issue for a child, fertility and family law in the UK (and not law in other jurisdictions). This package does not include legal representation or advice in court proceedings or preparation or review of legal documents. Terms and conditions apply. For further legal advice and assistance consider our other legal packages and bespoke legal services.