Parental Responsibility

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Parental Responsibility is the legal term used to describe the rights and duties that parents have towards their children. For example, it gives you the right to authorise medical treatment for your child or choose the school he or she attends. However, Parental Responsibility is not linked to a right to see a child and does not mean that you can interfere with the day to day decisions that the resident parent makes.

Not all parents have Parental Responsibility and it can be difficult to understand your rights if you do not live with your child. Similarly it can be hard, if you are a parent who has a child living with you, to understand what rights and responsibilities that you and the other parent may have.

When a child is born the mother automatically has Parental Responsibility. The father does also but only if:

  • He is married to the mother at the time of birth or subsequently marries the mother; or
  • in the case of children born after 1st December 2003 if he is registered as the child's father on the birth certificate.

An unmarried father of a child can obtain Parental Responsibility by marrying the child's mother, registering a Parental Responsibility Agreement with the mother, or obtaining a Court Order.

How can we help?

We can advise you about Parental Responsibility, whether you have it, what it means and how you can get it.

If everyone that has Parental Responsibility consents then we can help you make and register a Parental Responsibility Agreement. Or if this is not possible we can advise you about and/or represent you in Court proceedings regarding Parental Responsibility.

Our Parental Responsibility Agreement service covers:

  • advice on Parental Responsibility and how to obtain it
  • completing your application
  • advice on having your agreement document witnessed
  • corresponding with the Court and anyone with Parental Responsibility

It assumes that everything is agreed between you and that there is no need for further negotiations.

We offer a fixed fee of £200 (plus VAT) for all the work related to obtaining Parental Responsibility by way of an agreement.