Parental responsibility refers to the rights and responsibilities of all mothers and most fathers of a child. A father of a child only automatically has parental rights alongside the mother if their child was born after the 1st December 2003, up until this point only the mother had automatic parental responsibility. What this meant was that should a relationship breakdown the mother would previously, in general have had the right to determine where a child would live, go to school and any medical treatment they should receive. Should your relationship breakdown, Ward and Rider can help you to understand your rights as a parent; we can assist in obtaining parental rights orders and the drawing up of parental responsibility agreements.
At Ward & Rider we understand the difficulties that can be posed through a family dispute, both the emotional and financial strain it can cause. We aim to complete each case in a timely and effective manner to prevent any escalation of dispute. We look at each case individually, giving you honest advice as to the potential outcome of your case, and guide you through each stage of the legal process so that you understand the steps we are progressing through.