Parental Responsibility for your child can be given to one or more people, but it’s important to know that everyone who has Parental Responsibility for the child will need to consent to decisions about their care, welfare and upbringing before they can be made.
How do I Know if I Have Parental Responsibility for my Child?
The mother of the child will automatically have Parental Responsibility over the child.
So will the father, but only if:
- they are married to the mother of the child, or are in a civil partnership with them;
- their name is on the birth certificate.
If you’re a dad that doesn’t have Parental Responsibility for your child, we recommend that you seek legal help and advice from specialist Family and Child Lawyers.
What Rights do I Have Over my Child if I Don’t Have Parental Responsibility?
If you don’t have Parental Responsibility for your child, the right to make decisions that affect how your child is brought up won’t officially sit with you.
Of course, if you’re on good terms with your partner then you’ll no doubt make these decisions together, regardless.
But, if you were to separate, this is when it becomes tricky if you don’t have Parental Responsibility.
If you don’t have Parental Responsibility, the Courts won’t recognise you as the child’s father and you won’t have any legal right to be involved in any Court decisions about where your child lives, which school they go to, or what their surname should be, etc.