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Do both parties with parental responsibility for a child need to complete, sign and consent to an application for a passport for their child?

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Published on LexisPSL on 02/03/2018

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  • Do both parties with parental responsibility for a child need to complete, sign and consent to an application for a passport for their child?

The provision in the Children Act 1989 defining parental responsibility does not give a precise list of what those rights, powers, duties and responsibilities include, though those that are commonly accepted as being within its scope include applying for or vetoing the issue of a child's passport. See Practice Note: The meaning and scope of parental responsibility.

If there is a dispute over the exercise of independent action taken by one parent, it can be challenged by an application for either a prohibited steps order or a specific issue order. See Practice Notes: Prohibited steps orders and Specific issue orders.

The exercise of parental responsibility may be qualified by the court, see Practice Note: Acquisition of parental responsibility by unmarried fathers—Duration and termination of parental responsibility agreements and orders.

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