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Parental responsibility is defined by section 3 of the Children Act 1989 (ChA 1989) 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’. By virtue of ChA 1989, s 2, where the child’s father and mother were married to each other at the time of birth, they each have parental responsibility for the child. ChA 1989, s 4 deals with the acquisition of parental responsibility by the father where the parents were not married. A father can acquire parental responsibility by being named on the child’s birth certificate, by a parental responsibility agreement, or a court order.
The Convention on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-Operation in Respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protection of Children (the 1996 Convention) provides th
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