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Parental Responsibility

Parental responsibility (PR) in family law is a legal status derived from the Children Act 1989. You may be quite rightly regarded as a ‘responsible’ parent by a host of organisations, even singularly responsible for your child’s daily care, but at the same time not have the formal status of a parent with parental responsibility.

Generally this area of practise is concerned with a child’s parents and their parental responsibility. However, others, besides parents, can have parental responsibility for a child; for example, a local authority for children in its care, a child’s guardian, a child’s stepfather and perhaps a child’s grandparents or other relatives will be able to acquire parental responsibility in certain circumstances.

In considering whether to award parental responsibility (or a residence order, or leave to apply for a residence order) the court’s paramount consideration is the welfare of the child. Contact us if you would like to discuss how this might apply to you, as the law can in practice be complex depending on your circumstances.

For further legal advice regarding parental responsibility or any other area of family law please feel free to call us. Our team is very much willing to assist you with your concerns.

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