The law defines Parental Responsibility under S.3(1) Children Act 1989 as being:
"all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority which by law a parent of a child has in relation to the child and his property".
Who has parental responsibility for a child?
What does Parental Responsibility really mean?
Having Parental Responsibility means that the other parent or person with Parental Responsibility has to consult with you regarding all major issues in the child’s life. Such matters would include religious upbringing, medical treatment and education. In addition it would prohibit the other parent from changing child’s name or surname without your consent or removing the child from the UK without your knowledge or consent. You and the other parent have the same right’s to attend school open evenings, obtain school reports, or medical records etc.
However, by having Parental Responsibility, it does not mean you can exercise this so as to interfere with the daily care administered by the person who whom the child lives.
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