Things You May Not Know About Fathers Rights

From when a child is born, the mother has full rights and responsibilities to protect and bring the child up. This is known as “Parental Responsibility” (PR). A father will have the same rights and responsibilities or PR if their name is on the child’s birth certificate where the child is born after 1 December 2003 or if they are married to the mother at the date of conception or birth. The same rights apply to those in a civil partnership. In addition, he may be given PR by the mother signing a PR agreement, or by the court granting a PR order. A stepparent may also be given PR by a biological parent.