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Parental Responsibility

Parental Responsibility or “PR” is said to be a bundle of rights, responsibilities and duties that a parent has in relation to their child. It includes such things as the right to decide on medical treatment, where the child is to go to school and so on. Each person with PR must consult with any others who have parental responsibility for the child in question when it comes to such decisions. It is important to note that just because a child lives with one parent, the parental responsibility is no greater for one parent over the other with the same parental responsibility, it is shared equally.

PR is held by the parents of a child, where they are married or who later marry each other. Where the parents are not married, the mother has PR and (from 2003) the father has it if he is present at the time of the child’s birth registration and is named upon the birth certificate.

 Photograph showing a solicitor discussing parental responsibility options with a parent

If a father does not have PR, the mother can sign a Parental Responsibility Agreement with him, or the Court can make an Order granting it. Also, if the father secures a residence order for the child, the residence order will grant PR for the time that the residence order is in place.

For further information relating to the legal protection of children, please click here or contact us directly for further details.

To discuss your concerns about parental responsibility, please call us at JLS Solicitors on 01252 726 741

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