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Do you know your parental “rights”?

What is Parental Responsibility?

Parental Responsibility is defined as “all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority by law which a parent of a child has in relation to the child and their property”.

Who has Parental Responsibility?

A mother automatically has parental responsibility for a child.

If a father is married or has been married to the mother he will have parental responsibility for the child.

If the child is born after 1 December 2013, and an unmarried father is named on the child’s birth certificate, he will have parental responsibility for the child.

How do I acquire parental responsibility?

If you do not fit into one of the criteria above then you can only acquire parental responsibility with the mother’s agreement or by order of the Court.

Factors considered by the Court?

  1. That the father is committed to his relationship with the child
  2. That the father is genuinely attached to the child
  3. That he has genuine reasons for applying

We have family law specialists available who can provide legal advice and dispute resolution services, including family mediation and collaborative law. If you would wish to speak with one of our Family Law Specialists, please do contact our friendly team.


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