Child Arrangements, Residence and Contact
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Parental responsibility refers to the rights, duties, powers and responsibilities which a parent has in respect of their child and the child’s property.
It includes naming a child, providing a home, protecting and maintaining a child, ensuring they receive an education, providing medical treatment where necessary, providing discipline, and looking after their property on their behalf.
Parents with parental responsibility have the right to be consulted about major decisions and some actions cannot be taken without their consent, for example, taking the child abroad to live, changing their school or agreeing to a serious medical procedure.
At Heald Solicitors Milton Keynes we represent parents in enforcing their parental rights as well as obtaining parental responsibility for those who may not automatically have this. We understand how important issues relating to your children are and we will support and advise you to ensure that you have the assistance you need during your separation.
At Heald Solicitors Milton Keynes we represent parents in enforcing their parental rights as well as obtaining parental responsibility for those who may not automatically have this.
Birth mothers automatically have parental responsibility along with the father if they were married at the time of the birth.
Unmarried fathers will generally have parental responsibility if they jointly register the birth of the child with the mother and are named on the birth certificate.
Same-sex civil partners will both have parental responsibility if they were civil partners at the time of the treatment, e.g donor insemination or fertility treatment.
If you do not have parental responsibility, you can obtain this by entering into a voluntary agreement with the child’s mother by signing a parental responsibility agreement or by applying to the court for a parental responsibility order.
It is also possible to gain parental responsibility as a biological father by marrying the child’s mother or by re-registering a birth in both parents’ names.
As a father, if you obtain a child arrangements order that says that your child will live with you, this will also grant you parental responsibility.
If you wish to make a court application for parental responsibility, you need to be closely connected to the child, for example, be their father, step-parent or second female parent. The court will look at a number of issues, including the following:
Parental responsibility is often applied for at the same time as a child arrangements order.
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For expert advice regarding parental responsibility and other child arrangement issues, such as residence and contact, get in touch with our team of family solicitors. Our family law team are experts in dealing with issues relating to parental responsibility and can advise you of your options as well as your rights.
While our office is in Milton Keynes, we are experienced in working with clients throughout England and Wales, often remotely, meaning that you can expect the same expert legal advice and excellent client care wherever you are located.
If you would like to speak to one of our family law solicitors, please get in touch with our legal expert Keshini Rajendra.01908 662 277
At Heald Solicitors, our family law team understands how difficult the situation is. We are friendly and approachable, and we will make sure we provide the support you need throughout your time with us.
We have an in-depth understanding of family law and legal processes involved in all aspects of divorce, separation, children and finances and we will take the time to get to know you and your particular circumstances so that we can provide bespoke advice and guidance. We know how daunting the legal process can feel, so our aim is to demystify the legalities of your case. In situations where financial arrangements and children issues are complex, we do our utmost to prevent you from being overwhelmed by working to untangle things piece by piece.
Our team will work proactively to ensure that your case is dealt with efficiently and effectively. We will ensure that we are available to speak to you as needed to discuss progress and to answer any queries you may have.
We are based in Milton Keynes, but our leading reputation means that we also deal extensively with clients from the surrounding areas and beyond, communicating remotely where necessary.
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