As a father, do I automatically have Parental Responsibility for my children?

A: A natural mother will immediately have Parental Responsibility for any child from birth. If the natural father is married to the mother at the time of the birth, he also has Parental Responsibility automatically. However, if the natural father is not married to the mother, they will only have Parental Responsibility if they are named on the birth certificate after 1st December 2003. In other circumstances, or if you are another party you may be able to obtain Parental Responsibility through an Agreement, or by an order of the court. For more information about how to obtain Parental Responsibility please see the relevant FAQ’s on the subject of Children