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Most of the legal rights given to parents are by way of Parental Responsibility (PR). PR means ‘all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority that a parent of a child has in relation to the child and his property by law’. So a person with PR can make decisions, for example, about where the child lives, any medical treatment they require, their education such as what school they attend and any religious practices they take part in.
All mothers automatically have PR. As a father you will acquire PR providing:
If you have are separated from the mother and you have PR, each of you can act independently to exercise this, however if you both can’t agree it can be a cause of conflict.
On a day-to-day basis a parent with PR can make decisions such as activities the child undertakes, how the child spends their time, attendance at routine medical appointments, parents’ evenings and school functions without notifying or consulting anyone else who has PR.
Previous cases tell us that someone with PR can make the following decisions for the child but these should be notified to the other person with PR.
The following is a list of decisions that require all persons with PR for the child to make in consultation with one another:
If no agreement can be reached, the issue will need to be taken to court to make a determination. At Poole Alcock our experienced lawyers can act quickly to get your issue before the courts and help you to exercise your rights as a father for the benefit of your child.
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