From December 2005, a holder of parental responsibility can give parental responsibility to his or her spouse, or civil partner, who is not the child's parent.

Who has parental responsibility?

Married parents

Parents of a child who are married to each other both automatically acquire parental responsibility for their child and retain it even upon separation or divorce.

Unmarried parents

The position for unmarried parents is different. Unmarried mothers have parental responsibility for their child. An unmarried father can acquire parental responsibility by either entering into a parental responsibility agreement with the mother or marrying her. Alternatively it can be awarded by an order of the court. Additionally, since December 2003, he can acquire parental responsibility through the original registration as the child's father or by re-registration of the child's birth to include his name on the child's birth certificate.

Step-Parents & Civil Partners

From December 2005, a holder of parental responsibility can give parental responsibility to his or her spouse, or civil partner, who is not the child's parent. This can be done by entering into an agreement or by court order. All others with parental responsibility must agree.

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