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Specific Issues Orders


This is an order that resolves a specific question that has arisen in

connection with a child. For example, a specific steps order could

determine where a child is to go to school or whether he/she should

have specific medical treatment.


Length of Court Orders


Court orders under the Children Act usually come to an end when the child reaches the age of 16, unless the court orders otherwise. Orders in respect of children over the age of 16 can only be made in exceptional circumstances.

No order made by a court concerning a child’s welfare can ever be final. Either parent may seek a review of an order at any time.




An alternative remedy to court proceedings is mediation. In mediation, trained mediators aim to help separating or divorcing couples resolve disputes in relation to children or financial matters by agreement between them. Mediation will usually take place over more than one meeting.


If you would like to know more about the court procedure in applying for orders and the orders that can be made please download our Children Act Guides - the Children Act Procedure Guide, Local Authorities & Children and the Children's Act Orders Guide.


If you would like any further information about children matters, or in relation to mediation, please contact our specialists at Fairbrother & Darlow.  

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