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In this article, we’ll discuss what parental rights are and explain who has them.
Whether or not someone has parental rights largely depends on whether they have parental responsibility for the child.
Having parental responsibility does not mean that you have automatic parental rights to see your child. However, what it does mean is that you should be included in any important decisions about their life.
Mothers automatically acquire parental responsibility at the moment of birth. Most fathers have parental responsibility. We will go into more detail about this below.
As we touched on above, having parental rights alone, does not mean that you have a right to see and spend time with your child.
Child arrangements, which include who the child will live with (previously known as custody) and how often they will see the other parent, are something that a separating couple can agree on between themselves. If this is not possible, help can be sought in the form of mediation, for example. If an agreement still cannot be reached, you will need to apply for a court order.
Those who have parental rights (i.e. parental responsibility) can apply for a court order. Those who don’t have parental rights, will need to get permission from the courts before applying for a court order.
It is worth reiterating here that parental rights largely depend on whether a father has parental responsibility.
Usually, fathers have parental responsibility if they are either:
• named on the birth certificate (after 1 December 2003 in England and Wales)
• married to the mother of the child
As well as having a say in decisions regarding the child, parental rights for fathers with parental responsibility also include the right to apply for a court order, if an agreement cannot be reached regarding child arrangements.
A lack of parental responsibility does not necessarily make these things impossible, but the process can take much longer.
Parental rights for unmarried fathers depend on whether or not they are on the birth certificate of the child. If you are not listed on the birth certificate (see above), it is possible to obtain parental responsibility by either:
• Getting agreement from the mother or
• Obtaining a parental responsibility order from a court
Parental rights are largely dependent upon parental responsibility. It may be possible to apply to the court to remove parental responsibility from someone. Removing someone’s parental rights is a highly complex process. The court would only remove parental rights in exceptional circumstances, such as if it was necessary for the protection of the child.
If you are unsure of your parental rights or want to discuss how to enforce your parental rights to get contact with your child, seek legal advice from a specialist solicitor, such as Austin Kemp.
Our expert family law solicitors can help you with a range of legal issues relating to parental responsibility, including:
For more information call our divorce solicitors on 0845 862 5001 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our expert family law solicitors offer a nationwide service. We have client meeting office facilities available, in order to have face-to-face client meetings / conferences as and when required in:
Leeds Office: St Andrew House, The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 5JW
Wakefield Office: Market Walk, Wakefield, WF1 1QR
Halifax Office: Old Lane, Halifax, HX3 5WP
Huddersfield Office: Northumberland Street Huddersfield, HD1 1RL
Coventry Office: Warwick Road, Coventry, CV1 2DY
Canary Wharf Office: 25 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5LB
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