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If you are looking for help with parental responsibility our specialist solicitors can help you. In addition to office meetings, we offer remote meetings by telephone or video if preferred. To discuss your options call us 24/7 on 0208 004 0065 or email us at hello@southgate.co.uk 

Parental Responsibility

Parental responsibility encompasses all the legal rights, duties, powers, responsibilities, and authorities a parent has regarding their child and the child’s property. This legal concept allows you to make critical decisions for your child, such as their living arrangements, education, and medical care. Parental responsibility is a crucial legal duty that empowers parents to make vital decisions for their child’s welfare. 

Unmarried fathers with children born after December 1, 2003, also have parental responsibility if they are listed on the birth certificate. For fathers of children born before this date, or if not named on the birth certificate, other legal steps need to be taken to gain parental responsibility. At southgate solicitors, we offer expert advice to parents and guardians on understanding, obtaining, and exercising parental responsibility.  

What can we do

At southgate solicitors, we offer comprehensive assistance tailored to your needs for parental responsibility. Our team of experienced professionals understand the intricacies of family law and are dedicated to providing you with the expertise and support you need during what can be a daunting and highly emotional time.  We have Resolution members and also hold Law Society Family Law Advanced Panel Accreditation which demonstrates our knowledge, skill and expertise in this area of law. 

If you wish to read more about this area of law we have some frequently asked questions at the end of this page – feel free to scroll down to read more.

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FAQs

Having parental responsibility means you are legally recognised as responsible for the child’s care and decision-making regarding their life. 

The birth mother, married fathers at the time of birth, unmarried fathers named on the birth certificate for children born after December 1, 2003, and others who have acquired it through legal agreements, court orders, or adoption. 

Yes, stepparents, grandparents, civil partners, and other guardians can obtain parental responsibility through adoption, court-appointed guardianship, or special guardianship orders. 

You can gain parental responsibility by making an agreement with the child’s mother, getting a Parental Responsibility Order from the court, or marrying the child’s mother. 

If you share parental responsibility, you cannot move the child abroad permanently without the other party’s consent or a court order. Taking a child abroad for up to a month is usually permissible for the parent the child lives with, according to a child arrangement order. 

If you are unsure about your parental rights or responsibilities, or how to obtain them, it is wise to seek legal advice. A solicitor can help you understand your position and guide you through the process of securing your rights. 

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