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Parental Responsibility Agreements and Advice

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Parental Responsibility


Parental Responsibility gives a person (usually a child’s parent) legal rights, duties and responsibilities in respect of a child.

A person with Parental Responsibility is able to make important decisions about a child’s life, for example, agreeing to the child’s medical treatment.

You automatically have parental responsibility of a child if you are:

-          The mother of the child

-          A  father who is married to the child’s mother at the time the child is born

-          A father who is registered on the child’s birth certificate (only applies after 1 December

-          2003)

-          A person who adopts a child

You can acquire Parental Responsibility by:

-          Entering into a Parental Responsibility Agreement with those other persons who have Parental Responsibility of the child;

-          Obtaining a Parental Responsibility Order from the Court

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