‘Parental Responsibility’ is a legal concept commonly referred to when a disagreement over the arrangements for children has arisen. Parental Responsibility is:
‘the rights, duties, powers and responsibilities and authority which by law a parent of a child has in relation to the child and his/her property’.
When you have Parental Responsibility for a child you can make decisions about a whole range of issues including their health, education, how they spend their time, whether they can leave the country, their name and who they spend their time with.
We understand the difficulties that can arise if there are questions over who can make decisions concerning a child. Please feel free to contact us if you would like advice about these issues.
You automatically have Parental Responsibility if you are:
If you are an unmarried father and you are not on the child’s birth certificate or the birth pre-dates 1 December 2003 you can acquire Parental Responsibility by:
If you are not the child’s parent you may be able to acquire Parental Responsibility by:
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