Parental Responsibility

Parental responsibility is the legal recognition of a person’s status as a parent. With it come certain rights but also responsibilities. We will be happy to advise you on the legal implications of having parental responsibility.

Parental responsibility can be acquired in a number of ways, including automatically at birth, by agreement or by way of a court order. Mothers automatically have parental responsibility.

In certain circumstances an unmarried father can acquire parental responsibility if he is recorded on the birth certificate. We can advise on whether you have acquired it in that way. Parental responsibility enables you to sign parental consents e.g. medical forms.

At Morecrofts, our specialist family law team will explain your legal options in a clear and professional way and will advise you on the best route for you and the child.

We understand how worrying legal costs can be so have a range of payment options available to suit your budget and needs. We offer fixed fee packages alongside our traditional fee system and we work with you to decide which is best for you and your family. We will assess whether you are eligible for legal aid and, as we have a contract with the Legal Aid Agency, we can grant legal aid immediately if necessary.

To find out more about our first class legal services call us on 0800 949 9123 or use the enquiry form.