Parental responsibility

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Parental responsibility

Parental Responsibility governs the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority in relation to a child. It confers legal status in issues of the child`s health, education and welfare.

  • A mother has parental responsibility automatically.
  • Parental Responsibility is retained even if the parents separate and regardless of who the child lives with.
  • a father of a child born after 1st December 2003 (who is named on the birth certificate) shares parental responsibility with the mother.
  • Otherwise a father does not acquire it unless:
    • the parents of the child are married.
    • the parents enter into a Parental Responsibility Agreement.
    • a Court makes a Parental Responsibility Order.
    • a Step-Parent Parental Responsibility Agreement (is this not for step dad?)

Any other person who has been granted a Child Arrangements Order (check) or a Residence Order will also be granted parental responsibility for so long as the order remains in force.

We can assist with Parental Orders for non-biological parents same sex families and surrogate parents.

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