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A question that our solicitor’s are often asked is what is parental responsibility and how does this operate in the context of family law. Our aim is to decode the legal jargon surrounding this area of law and make it easier to understand in practical terms for our client’s. Parental responsibility is defined in the Children Act 1989 as; ‘all the duties, powers, responsibilities and authority which by law a parent of a child has in relation to the child and his property.’ This means that the parent or carer is responsible for ensuring that the child is cared for and protected up until the age of 18. Parental responsibility comes with a duty of care. You must provide for the child and make decisions about the child’s care and upbringing. Examples of parental responsibility include;
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