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 70 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. However, the rules differ if your child was born to unmarried parents prior to 1st December 2003. In this instance the mother has is automatically given full parental responsibility.

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.

loading staff

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.

We're widely accredited for our work - family law

  • Chambers
  • Legal 500

It is our business to deliver legal services that work for our clients, you can trust our specialists to take care of things on your behalf. Over the years our family law team has been recognised by industry awards and accredited for their excellence.

Memberships & accreditations

8.7 out of 10
Trustpilot logo4-stars on trustpilot Based on count 376

We're Great

It is our business to deliver legal services that work for our clients, and you can trust our specialists to take care of things on your behalf.

Our Trustpilot reviews

The level of service that was provided was excellent and one which was professional, understanding and the most important for me was empathy. I myself am a very organised individual and like things done on time without delay, Stephensons understood this and respected what was important to me and for children.
View from a family, children & divorce law client

What to do when a parent abducts a child and how to prevent it

A mother of three children, two of them born in Britain, has pleaded guilty to abduction following removing the children from the UK and relocating to Alaska without the knowledge or consent of their father. The background A man and woman met in...

Read more

Twitter block 1 tweet

Stephensons shortlisted at The British Wills and Probate Awards

The national law firm, Stephensons, has been shortlisted in two categories at the British Wills and Probate Awards 2018. Stephensons is nominated for Solicitor Firm of the Year (Regional – North) and for Best use of Marketing and Social Media. ...

Read more

Family reorder

  • Victoria Gethin
  • Mike Devlin
  • ​Karen Atkins
  • ​​Gwyneth John
  • Victoria Melling
  • ​Andrew Mountain
  • Amanda Rimmer
  • Donna Roberts
  • Lauren Day
  • ​Tim Galbraith
  • Kath Geere​​
  • Jackie Price
  • Ceri Thomas
  • Gillian Tuck​
  • Anna White
  • Catherine Gaskell
  • Laura Simmons
  • Nicola Clayton
  • Charlotte Ellingham
  • Lauren Evans
  • ​Hanna Fayle
  • Therasa Kenny
  • Claire Pilling

We're always here for you

As an award-winning top 150 law firm, with over 450 staff based in offices across the country, you're never far from the advice you need.

Find your nearest Stephensons office and arrange a meeting

As an award-winning top 150 law firm, with over 450 staff based in offices across the country, you're never far from the advice you need.