parental responsibility

parental responsibility
all the rights, duties, powers and authority that by law a parent has in relation to his child. If a man and woman are married they automatically have parental responsibilities. An unmarried father requires to have them declared. It is possible by legal agreement for an unmarried father to gain parental responsibility. A local authority can be awarded parental responsibilities. See Children Act 1989, Children (Scotland) Act 1995.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

parental responsibility
England, Wales
Under the Children Act 1989, "parental responsibility" means 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.
For example, this would include:
• Providing a home.
• Having contact with and living with them.
• Protecting and maintaining them.
• Disciplining them.
• Choosing and providing for their education.
• Agreeing to medical treatment.
• Appointing a guardian.
Married parents both have parental responsibility for their children. The Children Act 1989 also sets out who has parental responsibility for a child in other circumstances.

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.

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