What is Parental Responsibility

Parental Responsibility is defined by Section 3(1) of the Children Act 1989 as “all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities, and authority which by law a parent of a child has in relation to the child and his property’.

Parental Responsibility is the parent’s responsibilities towards their child, such as the responsibility to provide a home, and maintain and protect a child. All those who have Parental Responsibility for a child are able to have a say about certain decisions relating to a child, such as consenting to certain medical treatments, determining the child’s education, choosing, registering or changing a child’s name, determining their religion etc. Parental responsibility does not give a parent automatic rights to have contact with a child, or to know where a child is living.

If you want to know more about Parental Responsibility for a child, please telephone Rowlinsons Solicitors on 01928 735333 and ask to speak with the family department.

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