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Parental Responsibility is a legal status and how the law recognises you as the legitimate father of your child, so it's worth making sure you've got it. Dad Info explains all...
Parental Responsibility means exactly what it says on the tin. It directly refers to the duties, obligations and rights that you have regarding the upkeep of your new addition.
Very basically, if you have Parental Responsibility, you are a parent in the eyes of the law. If you don't, you'll not be an official parent, even if you are the biological father.
There's a simple check list to go through to find out whether you have Parental Responsibility:
It's worth noting are that PR doesn't have to be exclusive to Mum and Dad - Grandparents are granted the right in some situations, and so are same-sex partners, step-parents and other folks who have day-to-day care of kids. This doesn't remove PR from the mum or dad.
* In order to obtain a Parental Responsibility Order from the courts, you may need to get a solicitor.
Tom Beardshaw is a co-founder and the Publisher at Dad Info, creating the website and the things we print. He lives and works in Cardiff raising his son and supporting his other lad in South Africa.