What is a Specific Issue Order?
A Specific Issue Order is a type of Court Order that helps to settle a specific dispute about child arrangements after a divorce or separation.
In England and Wales, a Parental Responsibility Order is a Court Order which gives a person Parental Responsibility - which isn’t the same as being a parent. Instead, Parental Responsibility gives a person "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".
Ultimately, this means that someone with Parental Responsibility can make decisions about the child’s education, accommodation and medical care.
All biological mothers automatically have Parental Responsibility over their children as soon as they are born. The following people also automatically have Parental Responsibility:
Parental Responsibility can be obtained by the Court making a Court Order called a Parental Responsibility Order.
An application can be made to the Court specifically for a Parental Responsibility Order, or the Court may automatically grant a Parental Responsibility Order at the same time as granting a Child Arrangement Order stating where a child is to live.
For more information on applying for a Parental Responsibility Order, get in touch with our Family and Child Law Solicitors.
You can enter into a Parental Responsibility Agreement with the mother and file the agreement at the Principal Registry of the Family Division of the High Court. You may also re-register the birth of your child in joint names.
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