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Parental Responsibility for Unmarried Fathers. Explained By An Expert Family Law Solicitor in Leeds. 

Parental Responsibility is what gives a parent (or step-parent) legal rights and responsibility for a child and therefore authorises them to make decisions about a child’s upbringing. This is essential to understand especially when considering the status in unmarried couples and their unmarried parents' rights. 
The following persons automatically have Parental Responsibility of a child: 


The mother 


A father who is married to the child’s mother at the time the child is born or later marries the childs’ mother 


A father who is registered after 1 December 2003 on the child’s birth certificate 


A person (Mother or Father) who adopts a child 
A person such as an unmarried father on the birth certificate or are not named. Alternatively a grandparent in certain circumstances can acquire Parental Responsibility by consent of those other persons with Parental Responsibility or by Order of the Court. If Parental responsibility is obtained by consent of the persons who have parental responsibility then a formal Agreement would need to be prepared and approved by the court 
If you have parental responsibility, your most important roles are to: 


Provide a home for the child 


Protect and maintain the child 


Disciplining the child 


Choosing and providing for the child’s education 


Agreeing to the child’s medical treatment 


Naming the child and agreeing to any change of name 


Looking after the child’s property 
Parents have to ensure that their child is supported financially, whether they have parental responsibility or not. 
If you have parental responsibility for a child who does not live with you, you do not necessarily have a right to contact them - but the other parent still needs to keep you updated about their well-being and progress. This is in line with your unmarried parental rights in the UK. 
For any and all legal advice in relation to Child or Family Law our Chapel Allerton and Leeds based legal teams are the best in the business. Whether you need advice in regards to matters from Unmarried Parental Rights all the way through to understanding what rights unmarried fathers have we provide the best legal advice in Leeds. With specialist Solicitors and Lawyers based in Leeds we aim to provide the best legal advice we can to ensure you are prepared for all legal matters from Child law through to Family and Commercial Law
Child, Unmarried Parental and Family Law Simplified. 
At Avery Walters our team of specialists can provide advice about Child, Unmarried Parental or Family Law
Contact us on 0113 200 7480 or email us on info@averywalters.com to arrange your free initial, no obligation consultation with a specialist child and family law solicitor. 
Amanda Cuthbert 
Family Law Solicitor 


Phone: 0113 200 7480 
Email: ac@averywalters.com 
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