Parental Responsibility Agreements

Parental Responsibility Agreements

Parental responsibility is a legal concept which describes all the rights and responsibilities that a parent has with regard to a child.

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Parental Responsibility Agreements

This includes the right to remove a child permanently from the Country or changing their surname.  A mother will always have parental responsibility automatically as will a father married to the mother.

An unmarried father will not have parental responsibility automatically if:

1. The child was born before 1st December 2003
2. The child was born after 1st December 2003 and he is not named as the father on the child’s birth certificate.

Similarly a person will not automatically have parental responsibility if:

1. They marry a person who already has a child ie. they are a step parent
2. They enter into a Civil Partnership and their partner already has a child or gives birth to a child.

In these circumstances it is possible to enter into a Parental Responsibility Agreement.

Our Fixed Fee Parent Responsibility Agreement

Our fixed fee Parental Responsibility Agreements include:

  • A half hour consultation to explain the concept of Parental responsibility and advise on any issues that you should consider
  • Drafting the Agreement
  • Arranging for you and the other party to correctly execute the Agreement
  • Lodging the Agreement with the Family Division of the High Court
  • Arranging to send sealed copies of the Agreement to you and the other party.

By paying a fixed fee you can be satisfied that there are no unexpected costs.

A fixed fee Parental Responsibility Agreement is only appropriate where the issues are straight forward and the other party is agreeable to the making of an agreement. If this is not the case you will need to apply to the court for an order.

If you would like to discuss your case in detail before submitting an enquiry for a fixed fee Parental responsibility Agreement or for more information on Parental Responsibility Agreements, book a free telephone consultation with one of our experienced family solicitors.

How Much Does A Parental Responsibility Agreement Cost?

For a breakdown of our fees and associated costs please see our family law matters fees and costs page.

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