What is parental responsibility?

Parental responsibility is all the rights, duties, powers and responsibilities a parent has in relation to the child and in relation to the child’s property.


What does it cover?

It covers consent to medical treatment, chastisement, making a decision about the child’s education or adoption, the right to apply for or refuse a passport and the removal of a child out of England or Wales for a holiday, or permanently.

Parents exercise parental responsibility independently of each other, but there are incidences of when consent is needed from the other people who have parental responsibility, for example, if you are intending to remove the child from England or Wales permanently, or change of name.

The courts have given guidance over time as to how the provision of information and consultation should occur when parents fail to perform this effectively.

Please contact our specialist family law team, to discuss this issue, or any other issue of family law or relationship breakdown.

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