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These important decisions must be agreed upon with anyone else who also has parental responsibility.
Who has parental responsibility?
People who automatically gain parental responsibility are as follows:
- Birth mothers
- Fathers who are married or in a civil partnership with the mother when the child’s born – will not lose it if divorced/the civil partnership is dissolved.
- Fathers who are not married to the mother but 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 same-sex partners of the birth mother who are registered as the child’s legal parent on the birth certificate. However, when the birth mother is married or in a civil partnership with another woman, there are scenarios where the partner won’t automatically get responsibility. Two examples are: if the partner doesn’t consent to the pregnancy or conception resulted from sexual intercourse.
If you don’t get automatic responsibility, for example, if you’re a father who isn’t married or in a civil partnership with the birth mother, there are still ways for you to get parental responsibility.