Parental Responsibility Laws

Parental Responsibility Solicitors

Legal cases involving families are often tense and stressful, but perhaps none so much as those surrounding parental responsibility. Whether seeking to come to an appropriate solution for children arrangements or otherwise handling the best interests of a child, it is essential to be guided by someone with specialist expertise in the area of parental responsibility laws as early as possible.

Parental responsibilty encompasses everything from helping to determine a child’s education to consenting to them undergoing a medical treatment.

In general, mothers automatically have parental responsibility. Married fathers also automatically have parental responsibility, which is not lost when divorced. However, an unmarried father, step-father or step-mother does not have automatic parental responsibility, nether does a grandparent.

There are many instances where an individual may wish to obtain parental responsibility, to ensure that a child is properly cared for by the appropriate person. This can be done by entering into a parental responsibility agreement or gaining a parental responsibility order directly from court.

In both instances, it is advisable to access legal guidance from experienced solicitors specialising in parental responsibility laws before commencing your course of action.

How can we help at the National Legal Service?

Our multidisciplinary team is highly experienced in all areas of family law and treats each case with compassion and empathy while also offering up-to-date, clear and informed legal guidance. With both a local focus and a national presence, our offices across the UK ensure we remain connected to local communities whilst having the benefits of a much larger organisation.

With a multi-lingual team from diverse backgrounds, our particular area of expertise is in family law, providing our clients with the peace of mind they need to resolve their dispute as quickly and efficiently as possible. At every stage, we will keep you fully informed and engaged with the process.

What if I can’t afford a solicitor?

If you can’t afford a solicitor to guide you in matters of parental responsibility, you may qualify for legal aid. This system is in place to ensure that everyone has access to professional legal representation, regardless of their financial circumstances. Although thus area of law was hit by the LASPO cuts and is subject to strict requirements.

Applications are assessed on a case by case basis, involving both means testing and merits of your proposed legal application. All applications remain confidential.

Speak to a member of our legal team for specialist advice

At the National Legal Service, we know every case is individual, and treat our clients with the utmost respect and dignity. If you are in need of legal representation or advice around matters of parental responsibility laws impacting your family, we are happy to discuss your issue privately and help you decide on the best plan of action. Call 0203 601 5051 to talk to one of our team.

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