The unmarried parents of a child can agree to enter into a parental responsibility agreement. The agreement must be made before an officer of the court and then lodged with Principal Registry of the Family Division in London.

Parental responsibility

What is parental responsibility?

Parental responsibility for children means all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority a parent of a child has, by law, in relation to a child and the child's property.

In effect, parental responsibility gives an individual the right to be involved in the day-to-day management of the child's life. Practically, those with parental responsibility are entitled to be given information regarding children's education and any medical matters relating to them. Parental responsibility means that you can give consent to medical treatment for a child.

Each parent can generally exercise their parental responsibility independently of the other and there is normally no onus on the parents to consult with the other before exercising their parental responsibility. There are only limited exceptions where consultation or agreement is necessary, for example changing the child's name and permanent removal from the UK.

Parental responsibility agreements

The unmarried parents of a child can agree to enter into a parental responsibility agreement. The agreement must be made before an officer of the court and then lodged with Principal Registry of the Family Division in London.

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