Parental Responsibility Your Rights

Parental Responsibility is defined as ‘all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority which by law a parent of a child has in relation to the child and his property’. Therefore, parents who have Parental Responsibility have the right to have a say in the important decisions in their child’s life. This will include the authority to contact their child’s GP to obtain or discuss medical treatment for their child and allows them to play an active role in their child’s education.

A mother automatically has Parental Responsibility for her child, as does a married father irrespective of whether the marriage to the mother occurred before or after the child’s birth. If a father’s name is on the child’s birth certificate and the birth is registered after 1st December 2003, he will also have Parental Responsibility.

Fathers who do not have Parental Responsibility can obtain this by either marrying the mother of the child, by entering into a voluntary Parental Responsibility Agreement with the mother, or by obtaining an order from the Court.

Our team of experienced family law solicitors are able to advise you on all aspects of Parental Responsibility and how this may affect you and your children.

For information contact Della Phillips on 0116 247 2002 or email della.phillips@ smithpartnership.co.uk