Family Law
Parental Responsibility

Parental Responsibility

Children Law Experts

Parental Responsibility is defined 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”.
While the mother automatically has parental responsibility, the father will only automatically have parental responsibility if they are married at the time or named as the father on the birth certificate.

If you are the father of a child but you are not married to the mother and are not named on the birth certificate, read our blog on the rights of cohabiting parents.


Getting Help

If you are concerned about matters regarding your children or that you do not have parental responsibility of your child, please contact one of our family law experts on 0203 601 5051. Our services include:-

  • Preparing Parental Responsibility agreements
  • Assisting a parent in applying to the Court for a Parental Responsibility agreement.
  • Applying for a Prohibited Steps Order where one party seeks to exercise parental rights contrary to the wishes of the other. This could become appropriate when a parent decides to leave the country permanently without the others consent.
  • Applying for a Specific Issue order. This includes instances wherein an agreement cannot be reached on decisions such as which school a child should attend or which religion a child should follow.

Legal aid family law solicitors near you.

Our solicitors are accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Resolution. Speak to our family and child law solicitors confidentially on  020 3601 5051

You can find and contact your local National Legal Service Solicitors branch here to find out more information.

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