Parental Responsibility means all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authorities, which by law a parent has in relation to the child and his/her property.
The birth mother of a child will automatically be granted Parental Responsibility unless it is extinguished by the making of an Adoption Order to another person.
Where the child’s father and mother are married to each other at the time of birth, they both have Parental Responsibility for the child.
Where the parties are not married to each other at the time of birth the general rule is that the mother will have sole Parental Responsibility.
However since 1st December 2003, an unmarried father will be granted Parental Responsibility for a child if he is named on the birth certificate.
Other ways in which a father can obtain Parental Responsibility are as follows:-
More than one person can have Parental Responsibility for the same child at the same time.
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