Parental Responsibility

Parental Responsibility is all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority, which by law a parent of a child has in relation to that child and their property. In essence, parental responsibility is concerned with bringing up a child, caring for them and making decisions about them.

It does not affect the relationship between the parent and child for any other purpose.

Parental Responsibility extends to determining a child’s:

  • Religion
  • Education
  • Name
  • Guardian appointment if there is a parental death
  • Type of medical treatment etc

A mother of a child has parental responsibility for that child instantly once it is born and that can never be removed unless the child is freed or placed for adoption. However, the mother may share Parental Responsibility with the father, and in certain circumstances, the Local Authority or a person with whom the child lives.

If you are a parent who does not have Parental Responsibility, but want to have a say in your child’s future, we can advise you and assist in obtaining it.

If a dispute arises with respect to whether a parent should have Parental Responsibility or in relation to decisions being made in relation to a child, we can advise with respect to the legal position and take steps on your behalf to seek resolution.

Let James Murray Solicitors help with your legal requirements.  Call 0151 933 3333 or contact us here to arrange an appointment.

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