Schedule of questions for private law cases involving families

Questionnaire to help the Official Solicitor understand the issues involved when acting for a parent lacking litigation capacity.



The Official Solicitor may be able to act as a litigation friend in legal proceedings involving families.

These cases involve the court making decisions about things such as:

  • which parent or other adult a child will live with
  • how much time a child will spend with a parent or other adult
  • whether to stop a parent from making a decision about the child’s upbringing (prohibited steps order)
  • whether to decide on an issue such as which school the child goes to, if they should have a religious education or any other question about a child’s upbringing (specific issue order)

Complete this document to help the Official Solicitor assess the issues in the case, including if there is enough money to cover legal costs.

Published 14 October 2016