Parental Responsibility

Parental Responsibility is “all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority by law a parent of a child has in relation to the child and his or her property”. Therefore any major decision relating to education, health or religion or change of name should be discussed and agreed with the other parent.

The father only has parental responsibility if he is registered on the birth certificate (since the 1st December 2003) or if he is married to the mother at the time of the child’s birth or subsequently. The father otherwise can only obtain parental responsibility if the mother agrees or if he obtains an appropriate court order.

If you do not have parental responsibility and wish to consider your options or if you are not being allowed to exercise your parental rights we are here to guide you through the process.