Usually, you’d be expected to tell the other parent about your application. But in cases involving domestic abuse, telling the other parent might be dangerous or counterproductive.
- it would make it more likely the other parent would do the thing you’re trying to stop (such as taking the child out of the country)
- you or your child would be put in danger
- it’s so urgent you don’t have time to tell them
In these situations, you can ask the court for permission not
to tell the other parent. This is called a without notice application.
You’ll have to show the judge some evidence for them to allow this.
Even if the court agrees, it's still likely to allow the other parent to put forward their side of the story at a future hearing.