Parental Responsibility

“Parental Responsibility” is defined as “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.”

A person with Parental Responsibility has the right to decide and be consulted on issues such as:

  • The religious upbringing of a child;
  • A child’s education;
  • A child’s medical treatment; and
  • The appointment of a guardian.

The following people have Parental Responsibility:

  • Mothers, whether they are married or not;
  • Fathers of the child, if they were married to the child’s mother at the time of the child’s birth;
  • Unmarried fathers, provided the child was born after 1 December 2003 AND provided that the parents jointly registered the child’s birth;
  • Those who have a residence order in force in their favour;
  • Those with an adoption order in their favour; and
  •  Those appointed the child’s guardian.

You can obtain Parental Responsibility in the following ways:

  • Seek the mother’s agreement to re-register as the child’s father on the birth certificate, if you are not named as the father;
  • Seek the mother’s agreement to enter into a Parental Responsibility agreement;
  • Apply to the court for permission to apply for a Parental Responsibility order;
  • Be appointed the child’s guardian;
  • Obtain a residence order in your favour;
  • Obtain an adoption order in your favour;
  • Step parents and the civil partners of parents are able to obtain Parental Responsibility if both parents with parental responsibility agree, or by a court order.

You can obtain a Parental Responsibility Agreement, which is known as a C(PRA1) form from or from your local family court. You will need a separate form for each child. The agreement needs to be signed and formally witnessed by an officer of the court or a Justice of the Peace. You can get a solicitor to witness the document for you or ask the court staff to witness the document.

The document must be filed at court and you ought to retain a copy. It is not sufficient for both parents to sign the Parental Responsibility Agreement alone.

How We Can Help

A member of our specialist team will be happy to help.

To discuss Parental Responsibility issues, please either use the contact form on the right, email us at or call us today on +44(0)161 941 4000 to speak to a member of our team.

MSI Global Alliance

Myerson is the Manchester and Cheshire law firm member for MSI Global Alliance, a top 20 ranked, international association of professional firms.

Learn more...


Myerson act for a wide variety of clients across various sectors.

Learn more...


Read what a selection of our clients have to say about us.

Learn more...

Myerson Promise

We proudly offer our clients a promise which is at the cornerstone of everything we do. We always keep your specific concerns at the forefront of our minds.

Learn more...

Myerson Solicitors LLP
Grosvenor House, 20 Barrington Road, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 1HB
Tel: +44(0)161 941 4000
Solicitors Regulation Authority
MSI Global
Law Society
Legal 500