Parental Responsibility are the legal rights and responsibilities you have as a parent for your child(ren). It is defined in law 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. In reality, it gives the parent responsibility for taking all the important decisions in a child’s life such as:
- where the child lives
- living abroad
- how they are educated
- medical treatment
Parental responsibility is shared jointly between all married parents, even after a divorce. Unmarried fathers can acquire parental responsibility for each child either by:
- a parental responsibility agreement with the mother of each child; or
- by order of the court; or
- if the father’s name is on the birth certificate of the child (for births registered or re-registered post 1 December 2003)
If the father does not have parental responsibility, the mother automatically has full parental responsibility. A father can in certain circumstances acquire parental responsibility for a child.
If you do not have parental responsibility and you want to play a role and have an input into your child(ren)'s life you will want to acquire it. We can assist you in relation to obtaining a parental responsibility agreement or applying to the Court for an Order. We offer a free initial call with one of our representatives in order to assess whether we are able to assist you and to discuss anticipated fees for our services.