Family and Divorce Law Jargon Buster: Part 30 – Parental Responsibility

August 3, 2015, By Slater Heelis

This is the next instalment in our bite size blog series in which we hope to demystify some of the legal terms, which are frequently used by family solicitors when giving legal advice and in the family courts environment.

Parental responsibility: Parental responsibility means the legal rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority that a parent has for a child and their property. A person who has parental responsibility for a child has the right to make decisions about their care and upbringing. The definition is not clear-cut and there have been several cases regarding the meaning of the term ‘Parental Responsibility’ and specifically what the rights and responsibilities entail in practice.

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