Parental rights

Myth
  Myth
“Of course I have full Parental Responsibility for my son even though I am not married to his mother. I am his natural father.”
Fact
  Fact
Only the mother will automatically have Parental Responsibility. However, for children whose birth is registered on or since 1st December 2003, the father will acquire Parental Responsibility if he is named as the child’s father on the birth certificate. He may also acquire parental responsibility if he enters into a Parental Responsibility Contract with the mother, or the court grants one.

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