Parental Responsibility

Having parental responsibility is a fundamental part of being a parent and it is very important that you obtain parental responsibility if you do not already have it. Sugare & Co can assist you obtaining this.

Find out more about how we can help you by speaking to our solicitors today. Get in touch by either calling us on 0113 244 6978 or completing our online enquiry form so that we can call you back and arrange your free consultation.

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What is Parental Responsibility?

Parental Responsibility (PR) means all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority that a parent of a child has in relation to the child.

If two or more people have parental responsibility for a child then they should consult with each regarding the child’s:

  • Education
  • Health
  • Welfare
  • Name change

Who has Parental Responsibility?

The following people will automatically have parental responsibility for a child:

  • A child’s mother
  • If a child’s parents are married when he is born, both of them automatically have PR 
  • If the parents are not married when the child is born, only the mother automatically has PR. The father can obtain PR if he:

a) Is registered as the child’s father on the child’s birth certificate. This only applies if the child was born after 1 December 2003.
b) Marries the mother.
c) Enters into a Parental Responibility agreement with the mother.
d) Obtains a court order giving him Parental Responsibility.
e) Is named in a child arrangements order (CAO) as a person with whom the child is to live.
f) Acquires a Special Guardianship Order for a child. Further information is available here regarding SGO’s.
g) Adopts the child.


A step-parent can obtain PR for a child if he is married to, or is the civil partner of, a parent of the child who has PR, and he does either of the following:

  • Enters into a PR agreement with the parent (if only that parent has PR) or both parents (if both parents have PR)  
  • Obtains a court order giving him PR. 
  • A person with whom the child is to live.

Can Parental Responsibility be Removed?

A parent can apply to the Court to remove the parental responsibility of another parent. Save for when a child is adopted, the Court will only remove another parent’s responsibility in extreme and rare circumstances. 

Talk to Us

If you are a father or step-parent who doesn’t have parental responsibility, we are able to assist with obtaining this for you. This could include drafting a parental responsibility agreement or by applying to the Court for a parental responsibility order. For a free initial consultation, please contact us on 0113 244 6978 or use our online enquiry form.