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Why is having Parental Responsibility important?
The Law Relating to Parental Responsibility
Sharing Responsibility for Child
How can you acquire PR
Acquiring PR by Applying for a Residency Order
Wills and Guardian Appointment
A married father (i.e. a father who is married to the mother at the time of the child’s birth) automatically obtains parental responsibility for his child.
A married father also has a duty to maintain their children.
With effect from 1st December 2003 if the unmarried father’s name appears on the child’s birth certificate he has automatic PR. Otherwise an unmarried father does not automatically have parental responsibility, but can acquire it.
An unmarried father does have to maintain his children.
A Guardian, and an adult who adopts a child, has PR.