What Are Parents’ Responsibilities By Law?
The definition of parental responsibility is meaning the legal rights, duties, powers, and responsibilities. The authority a parent has for a child and the child’s property.
A person has parental responsibility for a child that has the right to make decisions about their care and upbringing. Important decisions in a child’s life must be agreed with anyone else who has parental responsibility.
Legal Parental Responsibility
The following are examples of important decisions in a child’s life and agreement of everyone with legal parental responsibility:
- Where a child lives.
- A child has medical treatment.
- How and where a child is educated.
- Which, if any, religion a child follows.
- Deciding a child’s name and registering their birth.
- Giving consent for a child to leave the country for a holiday or permanently.
- Supporting children financially.
- Parental responsibility is not affecting the duty of a parent and it has to maintain their child financially.
- All parents have a duty to pay towards their child’s upbringing and they have parental responsibility.
- Day-to-day parenting
- Day-to-day decisions are looking after their child at that time. They are not having to be agreed with each person with parental responsibility.
- Parents should not discuss what they are thinking appropriate on a day-to-day level. It is helpful to tackle issues such as discipline, bedtimes, and homework.
- But if you don’t agree on these things then neither parent can be forced the issue with the other.
- A parent can be decided who a child sees when they are with them. If you or your child’s other parent is wanting to introduce a new partner to your child, ideally both parents should discuss how it might affect your child and how they feel.
- You cannot prevent your child’s other parent from introducing a new partner to your child unless the new partner would pose a risk to your child.
Who Automatically Has Parental Responsibility?
The following people automatically have parents’ responsibilities by law:
- All birth mothers
- Fathers married to the mother at the time the child was born
- Fathers who are not married to the mother, but are registered on the child’s birth certificate. The registration or re-registration must have taken place on or after 1 December 2003
Civil partners and partners of mothers registered as the child’s legal parent on the birth certificate.