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Obtaining Parental Responsbility

There are 4 ways of obtaining Parental Responsibility...

This was previously known as "custody". It has the same meaning which is that it means that parents have certain duties and responsibilities towards their children.

By Being A Birth Mother

All mothers acquire Parental Responsibility when they give birth.

By Being A Birth Father AFTER 1st December 2003

Any child born after 1st December 2003 and providing the father is on the birth certificate automatically acquires PR.

By Agreement

If you are able to agree this with your partner, an agreement will need to be drawn up, and registered with the Court, which we can do on your behalf.

By Application To The Court

If a mother refuses her agreement to Parental Responsibility we will be able to advise you on the merits of pursuing an application through the Courts and thereafter representing you in such proceedings. Generally speaking, applications for Parental Responsibility are viewed favourably by the Courts.