Article Tag: Parental Responsibility

All About Parental Responsibility

Parental responsibility is defined as being all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority which by law a parent has in relation to a child and their property. Mothers automatically have parental responsibility. Fathers also have it if they are married to the mother, or if they were registered on the child’s birth certificate after… Read more »

Who’s The Daddy? – Your Guide To Parental Responsibility

Following on from my previous blog, “Who’s the daddy?”, which featured comments on the latest Bridget Jones film. Many of us have now had the opportunity to watch it and were left guessing as to whether the father was Mark or Jack. It wasn’t until the penultimate scene where all was revealed. We saw Bridget… Read more »

Who’s The Daddy?

With ‘Bridget’s Jones’ Baby’ now showing at cinemas nationwide, many people may be left wondering what they could do if they found themselves in a similar situation to Bridget. In the film, we see Bridget now over 40 and single again after many happy years with Mark Darcy. Following the breakdown of her relationship, Bridget… Read more »

Gone are residence and contact orders for children – but what now?

From April 2014 courts have been making child arrangements orders to replace the existing residence and contact orders which have been in place for over 20 years. In the media there has been much discussion about ‘shared parenting’. However, The Children and Families Act 2014, which came into force on 22 April 2014, does not… Read more »

Children to be seen and heard

Simon Hughes, the Justice Minister has recently indicated that any child over the age of ten, in respect of whose family Judges are making decisions, will have the opportunity to speak to the Judge to make their views and feelings known. Many people will think that this is a change to the law and separated… Read more »

Can parental responsibility ever be terminated?

For several years now, if a father’s name is on a child’s birth certificate he is automatically granted parental responsibility. If for some reason, a father’s name is not included on the child’s birth certificate then an application can be made for the birth certificate to be amended, or alternatively, the parents can agree that… Read more »

Court terminates father’s parental responsibility

In the first reported judgement on the termination of ‘parental responsibility’ for a number of years and therefore a very unusual case, Mr Justice Barker terminated the parental responsibility of a father and his right to be involved in his child’s life. The reasons for this judgement were completely understandable. In this extreme circumstance, the… Read more »

Child Disputes and Religion

When a marriage or relationship breaks down there are often a number of areas of disagreement between parents over the ways to care for the children. The most common of these relate to where the children should live and how much time they should spend with the other parent. Other issues, which can cause just… Read more »

Equal rights for parents

There has been considerable publicity over the years regarding the issue of equal rights for parents. The publicity has sometimes been comical – with fancy dress characters in strange places but despite the amusing nature of some of the stunts, the issue itself is one of the utmost seriousness. The issue of legal rights, or… Read more »