Section 8 of the Children Act 1989 outlines the orders which can be issued by the court with respect to resolving disputes over children. One of these types of order is known as a Specific Issue Order.

As with all Section 8 Orders, a Specific Issue Order is not granted to the local authority but to private individuals in the resolution of private disputes when other attempts at mediation have failed.

A Specific Issue Order – as its name suggests – is the Court’s tool to address some specific issue that has arisen – outside of the realms of residence or contact – with regard to the raising of children, wherein the parents cannot agree.

It is often used in conjunction with its negative aspect, the Prohibited Steps Order.

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Matters of less passion than residence and contact are, thankfully, more readily resolved by the parents working things out together or through the use of mediation. But where a decision cannot be made, the Court can be turned to to make that decision based on what is best for the child.

The types of issue addressed by such an order are things like the attendance of a specific church or school, whether a child should undergo some particular medical treatment or procedure, or indeed any matter that concerns the child’s welfare or upbringing.

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Brendan Fleming Solicitors are nationally recognized as a leading choice in the area of care work. We are justifiably proud of our expertise and our success rate. We are contracted to the Legal Services Commission for this type of work and are considered to be one of the leading national firms for publicly funded services.

Our principal, Brendan Fleming, has won a reputation for his innovative approach, spearheading many new ways of securing justice for families caught in the care proceedings trap. He is a member of a select children’s panel and recognized and approved by the Law Society.

If you need to make an application for a Specific Issue Order, or feel that the Court has unjustly decided against you in their findings over a Specific Issue Order application, and to see how we can help you, contact Brendan Fleming today.

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