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This document provides general guidance regarding parental responsibility for a child. Your family lawyer will be able to provide specific advice based on your circumstances.
Parental responsibility is defined in law by the Children Act 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.’
People with parental responsibility are entitled to have a say in major decisions about the child, such as:
where the child should live
where they should go to school
what (if any) religion the child should have
what name they should have
the giving or withholding of medical treatment, and
dealing with their money or property
Parental responsibility does not entitle someone to interfere with day-to-day decisions such as what the child wears, their hobbies or choice of TV programmes etc.
Generally parental responsibility lasts until the c
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