Parental Responsibility

Parental Responsibility

What is Parental Responsibility?

This is the ability to make any major decision in a child’s life. It includes decisions on religion, education, consent to medical treatment and moving abroad.

Who has Parental Responsibility?

Married parents share parental responsibility.  Unmarried fathers do not automatically obtain parental responsibility.  For children born before 1st December 2003 an unmarried father can acquire parental responsibility with the mother’s agreement or by a court order. For those children born after this date, fathers will automatically acquire parental responsibility if named on the birth certificate. If not named it can be acquired by agreement or court order.  It is now possible for married step parents to obtain parental responsibilities for their step children.

How we can help

Our solicitors can organise round table meetings and make referrals to any agencies that could help to resolve the conflict between you as parents or, if needed, advise you on an Application to court.

Next Steps

Our Solicitors will be able to advise you on all of the issues connected to Parental Responsibility.  We offer an initial fixed price interview that our clients find extremely informative and enables you to decide the next step.

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