Parental responsibility of a child is where a parent has all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority of a child in relation to that child and their property. If a couple are married at the time their child is born, they will have automatic parental responsibility of that child.
Unfortunately, unmarried fathers do not have automatic parental responsibility of their child if they are not named on the child’s birth certificate. It is however straight forward to acquire parental responsibility by either being named on the birth certificate or entering into a parental responsibility agreement with the mother.
If an agreement cannot be made, however, between the unmarried father and mother, a Parental Responsibility Order may be the next step.
The court will then grant the biological father with parental responsibility which will allow him to be involved in making welfare decisions in relation to the child’s education, health, religion, where they should live etc.
It is also possible for a step father of the child to obtain parental responsibility either through agreement of both parents or by a Parental Responsibility Order.
Our specialist solicitors are able to provide advice and support you in your application.
Why use a solicitor?
- A solicitor will be able to negotiate and mediate where required.
- A solicitor can advise you on the legal aspects of a Parental Responsibility Order.
- They can represent you in court.
Why Watson Woodhouse?
- Our specialist solicitors have a vast amount of experience in dealing with parental responsibility matters.
- We are understanding solicitors who will listen and implement your requirements.
- We will keep you updated on the progress of your case.