Fathers rights to see their children: law in the UK

Fathers rights - indeed, parental rights - do not really exist in UK law. Instead, the law refers to parental responsibilities. Parental Responsibility (PR, or Parental Responsibilities and Rights (PPR) in Scotland) is a legal status that means that you have a duty to care for and protect your child

Fathers rights to see their children are not set out in UK law as such, but depend on a number of factors, or which Parental Responsibility is just one. Having said that, PR (or PPR) gives you the right to contribute to decision making regarding your child's future such as:

  • giving consent to medical treatment
  • choosing their school
  • deciding how they should be brought up
  • choosing their name
  • choosing their religion

What does UK law say about fathers rights to see their children when parents separate? What rights do you and your child have? Is the law, or are the courts, biased against dads? We look at your legal position if you're separating.

Father's Rights in the UK
 

Fathers rights - indeed, parental rights - do not really exist in UK law. Instead, the law refers to parental responsibilities. Parental Responsibility (PR, or Parental Responsibilities and Rights (PPR) in Scotland) is a legal status that means that you have a duty to care for and protect your child.

Fathers rights to see their children are not set out in UK law as such, but depend on a number of factors, or which Parental Responsibility is just one. Having said that, PR (or PPR) gives you the right to contribute to decision making regarding your child's future such as:

  • giving consent to medical treatment
  • choosing their school
  • deciding how they should be brought up
  • choosing their name
  • choosing their religion

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- Father's Rights - How do I get parental responsibility

- Child Support

 

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  • Connor
    Connor Friday, 08 April 2016

    Hello I have recently split with my ex partner we have a son together and she's pregnant now too she's treating me with not being able to see my children and have come on this site for a bit of advice I have never been violent towards this women ever

  • Guest
    Luv my son Friday, 27 May 2016

    Mr

    My x girlfriend has put the chip benefits and tax credit in my name and has givin him to me as long as I get a property close to her house . But I have no friends or family were we live in Brighton and I am from Newcastle. If I take my son and move back home what rights does she have over me

  • Guest
    Meme Thursday, 02 June 2016

    Denied access

    My brother has a son with a 'psycho' ex. His son has just turned 1. The mother has taken him to Disney in Paris without his consent. He has parental responsibility and is named on the birth certificate. The mother is denying him access. He has completed the necessary forms for contact. Any advice of what else he can do?

  • Guest
    Rowena Monday, 22 August 2016

    I'm a great fan of father who want to see their children, as so many nowadays are just not bothered!
    Your friends ex can legally take him out of the country for up to 30 days if she too has parental responsibility (noreally a given for mothers unless it has been taken away from her)
    Apart from filling in the relevant court form, applying for mediation and speaking to his ex there isn't much else he can do apart from wait for the court hearing.
    I would suggest he gets legal advice or assistance, as the process can be quiet daunting and needs to be prepared correctly if you want to achieve the desired outcome.
    Hope all goes well.

  • DAD.info Team 1
    DAD.info Team 1 Monday, 06 June 2016

    Dear All

    Thank you for your comments and thoughts on this subject - our forum page really will be of help to you all - please see link below.

    https://www.dad.info/forum/index

    Please do come back to us if you need any further advice or help.

    Many thanks!

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  • Guest
    David Mcdermott Thursday, 16 June 2016

    Please help!!!!

    ex partner is taking my daughter abroad on holiday for a fortnight,neither her or her Soliciters has informed me where she is flying to,where she is staying over the 2 week period,and also who other than my ex partner will be accompaning my daughter i.e her partner at the moment that she claims is not her partner us an addict and convicted armed robber etc,Can anyone help me here so I can find out what I can do? I do not wish to stop my daughter going on holiday,I simply want to know the location and details of the hotel where she shall be staying,I am worried sick as there is a list of certain countries as we all know that are very dangerous at the moment,and the last holiday to Tunisia my daughter missed a major suicide bomb attack near her hotel by just one day,What can I do? As I feel helpless and we have a court order in place already(this was myself who raised the procedings) the judge ruled in my favour and gave me back access to my daughter,as for years i had to put up with my ex not letting me see her whenever she was in a bad mood,The problem is it's Friday tomorrow and I know she has a flight booked for Sunday,The time limit is very short,Please can someone offer advice,my ex and I do not talk so trying the good guy approach is ruled out,I would be grateful for some help,thanks. David.

  • Guest
    Dad Team Friday, 17 June 2016

    Thank you for your comment - it would be really helpful if you could post your question on our forum - the link is below:

    https://www.dad.info/forum/index

    This is a great way for our community of Dads and our experienced moderators to be able to help you.

    I hope that helps - if not please come back to us.

    Kind regards from the Dad.Info Team

  • Guest
    Justice dads Thursday, 30 June 2016

    My brother has a daughter with his ex, they split on very bad terms and she then had an injunction order put on him. He is finding it very difficult on seeing his daughter as it now means my parents have to be around to pick her up for him, one minute she wants him to have her more days a week then she is dropping the days to less, he is a really good dad and his daughter keeps asking to see him more often but her mum keeps saying no, what sort of advice can be given to him as my parents are pensioners and are struggling to have to be there every week to pick her up as the want to be enjoying there retirement with holidays etc but obviously cant as picking her up. Thanks in advice

  • DAD.info Team 1
    DAD.info Team 1 Monday, 04 July 2016

    Hi there - thank you for your comment. It would probably be a good idea if your brother contacted the Children's Legal Centre as they should be able to advise him. Here is the link:

    http://www.coram.org.uk/?gclid=CMi5iueo8MwCFSQW0wod6qIO5Q

    Our forum page is great as well - if he posts a query on there, our community of Dads and experienced moderators may be able to help and offer encouragement based upon previous experience.

    We hope a positive conclusion can be found.

    All the best

    DAD.Info Team

  • Guest
    barbara Thursday, 14 July 2016

    child maintenence

    my boyfriend split from his ex yrs ago he sees his son when its suitable for her and not him she has abondened her son over xmas to me and my bf but then took him back after the new yr my bf pays for his son each time he is with us or when she calls to say he needs somethin the problem is now she is threatening my bf with csa as he wont pay her council tax bill that she owes and baliffs are trying to get my bf has got messages on his phone from her sayin he is not the dad and that he cant see his son because she has reported him in the past to social services saying he is a crackhead and abusive this woman is a total nut job she drinks and takes drugs every weekend and palms my bf son off with anyone as long as she can go out i luv this kid to bits and it hurts me seeing my bf so stressed over it specially when his son calls cryin that his mum has hit him what rights does my bf have regarding the csa threat when he does pay for his son thank you

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