Agreements and Orders

Parental responsibility laws govern the rights, responsibilities and authority someone has in relation to a child and gives legal status in relation to their health, education and welfare.

Disputes over who has responsibility for children can arise after relationship breakdowns. At Nelsons, our team of expert children law solicitors can help resolve all types of child issues and disputes.

Who has parental responsibility?

Mothers automatically have parental responsibility. A father of a child born after 1st December 2003 (who is named on the birth certificate and was present when the birth was being registered) shares parental responsibility with the mother. Otherwise, a father does not acquire it, unless:

  • The parents of the child are married;
  • The parents enter a parental responsibility agreement;
  • A Court makes a parental responsibility order; or
  • There is a step-parent parental responsibility agreement.

Parental responsibility is retained even if the parents separate and regardless of who the child lives with.

Any other person who is granted a residence order by a Court will also be granted parental responsibility for as long as the order is in force.

How Nelsons can help

Our specialist Children Law team in Derby, Leicester and Nottingham are experts in parental responsibility laws. We can offer a fixed fee parental responsibility agreement for £100 (plus VAT), which is appropriate where parental responsibility is agreed upon between you and your partner.

Our fixed fee parental responsibility agreement service includes:

  • Drafting the agreement.
  • Arranging for the agreement to be signed.
  • Lodging the agreement at the Family Division of the Court.
  • Sending you a sealed and registered copy of the agreement.

Entering into negotiations with the other parent is not included in this cost, however.

We can also assist with parental orders for non-biological parents, same-sex families and surrogate parents.

Our expertise

Our children and family law solicitors have a reputation as leaders in our field, and our experience ensures that we will give you expert advice about your circumstances.

Parental Responsibility SolicitorsOur team includes:

  • Resolution Accredited Specialists
  • Law Society Family Panel & Advanced Family Panel members
  • Law Society Children Panel Members

Our expertise in family law is also recognised by the independent directories, The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners.

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Additionally, in September, our team was shortlisted for the ‘Family Law Firm of the Year: Midlands and Wales’ award at the Family Law Awards 2021. The awards ceremony will be taking place on Wednesday 24th November 2021 at the Bloomsbury Big Top, London.

To discuss how our solicitors can help you with parental responsibility laws and agreements, please contact us via our online form or call 0800 024 1976 for a guaranteed response.

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