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Parental Responsibility

Our experienced team of specialist family law and divorce solicitors in Manchester can advise you on a whole range of parental responsibility issues.

'Parental responsibility' is a legal term that covers all the rights, duties and responsibilities that a parent of a child has by law. It includes being involved in important decisions, such as what medical treatment your child receives, which school they attend, who can apply for their passport or whether their name can be changed.

Mothers will always automatically have parental responsibility for their children, but this is not the case for fathers, step-parents, grandparents or other family members.

There are a number of situations, however, where you do automatically have parental responsibility, even if you are not the mother.

These are:

  • You were married to the mother of your child at the time of their birth.
  • You jointly adopted the child.
  • You and the mother jointly registered the birth of the child.

If you don’t have parental responsibility, official institutions like schools, social services, doctors or dentists may choose not to cooperate with you. It could also mean that you’re excluded from important decisions affecting their upbringing.

To obtain parental responsibility, our family lawyers can advise you on drawing up a parental responsibility agreement with the mother. Or, if the mother refuses, we can help you to apply for a parental responsibility or residence order through the Court.

Whatever your circumstances, our highly experienced family law solicitors can explain your options and help you submit the necessary documents, ensuring you receive parental responsibility as quickly and smoothly as possible.

To learn how Lyons Wilson Solicitors in Manchester could help you resolve your parental responsibility concerns, simply email the family law and divorce law team at our Manchester office on or call us on 0161 830 7756 for a free, no obligation consultation.

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