Paul Norton & Co.  Parental Responsibility Solicitors in Luton

What is and who has Parental Responsibility?

A child’s mother automatically has parental responsibility for the child.

Having the power of Parental Responsibility gives a legal status to an adult to make decisions regarding a child.  For example, such as issues relating to schooling, education, medical treatment and religion. Such adults might be the father, non-birth mother, step parents or even another person with a Child Arrangements Order – Residence in their favour.

A child’s father will automatically has parental responsibility if:-

1. If he is married to the mother when the child is born.

2. If he marries the child’s mother later, after the birth.

3. If he is named on the birth certificate (note: only for births registered in England after 1st December 2003 ).

4. If he and the child’s mother have signed a Parental Responsibility Agreement, which has been filed at Court.

5. If the Court has made a Parental Responsibility Order in the father’s favour.

Other parents, for example a non-birth mother in a same-sex partnership, can also gain parental responsibility, in much the same way as a father, as shown above. The child’s other parent has parental responsibility if;-

1. If she is in a civil partnership with the child’s mother at the time of the birth.

2. If she registers a civil partnership with the child’s mother later on.

3. If she is named on the birth certificate.

4. If she and the child’s mother have signed a Parental Responsibility Agreement and filed it with the Court.

5. If the Court has made a Parental Responsibility Order in the other parent’s favour.

An adoptive mother or a woman who is the mother of a child after a Parental Order made after surrogacy, automatically has parental responsibility.

Paul Norton & Co. Solicitors are experienced quality Family Law Solicitors who can speak to you for free in an initial consultation. We can assist you in obtaining parental responsibility.  If you would like to speak to our Family team, please call 01582 494970. Alternatively, fill in the Contact Form, providing your personal details and an outline of your case, and we will contact you at a time suitable for you.

We also offer a legal aid assessment to check if you would qualify for legal aid and and competitive fees for those who do not.

Our Family Solicitors will talk to you about your case, assessing your circumstances and providing sympathetic and caring advice in complete confidence.  Call now: 01582 494970

The information that we have given is intended to be a basic outline of the process involved. You should still seek legal advice regarding your specific case.