Parental Responsibility

Parental Responsibility

Standing in the shoes of a parent

Parental Responsibility means all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority that a parent has, in relation to their child. A person with parental responsibility stands in the shoes of a parent when caring or making decisions for the child. For example, they can make decisions about the child's accommodation, education, religion and medical treatment.

A child's mother will automatically have parental responsibility for her child. A child’s father will have parental responsibility, if the child’s parents are married or in a civil partnership with each other when the child is born. If this does not apply to the father, there are various ways in which he can acquire parental responsibility.

The best route to take

Our expert family team can talk you through the options available and the best route to take for your personal circumstance. We can advise you on whether you have parental responsibility and if not, how you could obtain it.

Call us on 0161 236 2002.

Who to contact


Partner , London

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Partner and Head of Family Law, Scotland , Glasgow

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Partner , Manchester

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Associate , London

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Solicitor , Glasgow

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