Section 20 agreements allow the local authority to remove a child and place them in foster care without the need for a court order. Whether or not to enter into a section 20 agreement is a voluntary decision made by the parents with the local authority....
The legal definition of parental responsibility is “all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authorities which by law a parent of a child has in relation to the child and the child's property.”
A person with parental responsibility for a child has the right to be involved in decisions in relation to a child such as:
- Where a child should live
- Where a child should be educated
- Whether a child should have medical treatment
If you share parental responsibility with another person, you will have to obtain their agreement before you can take a child out of the country. In the UK, it is a criminal offence to take a child out of the country without the agreement of everyone who holds parental responsibility for a child.
If you share parental responsibility and the other parent is not agreeing to allow you to take the child abroad, our expert children law solicitors can assist in providing advice in relation to your circumstances.