Parental responsibility

If you have recently separated whether you were married or living as an unmarried couple and you are facing a dispute with the mother or father of your child regarding decisions relating to your child's life, we can provide you with specialist advice, call us on 0203 816 0548

Our family team has over 40 specialists and we have one of the largest numbers of solicitors on the Children Panel.

In a marriage both the mother and father are considered equally responsible for important decisions relating to their child and both have parental responsibility. However, the rules differ if your child was born to unmarried parents prior to 1st December 2003. In this instance the mother as always has full parental responsibility. The father will only have parental responsibility if registered on the child's birth certificate.

You may have a dispute or want to have an opportunity to input into key decisions that relate to your child which may include: Where the child lives, how they are educated, medical treatment, religion, travel and living abroad. Without parental responsibility you cannot have input into these aspects.

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Why choose Stephensons?

We have experience of advising both divorced and separated couples in gaining parental responsibility agreements, or if you are the father of a separated unmarried couple, we can apply to the court to gain parental responsibility so that the father receives recognition in terms of parental responsibility. The court will then take a number of aspects into account when considering whether to grant parental responsibility to the father.

This is a specialist field and we have experience to advise you in the optimal way to help you achieve the outcome you are seeking. Contact us today to see how we can help.

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