Parental responsibility refers to all the rights, duties, powers and responsibilities that a parent has for a child. Having parental responsibility enables you to be consulted in all major decisions regarding your child e.g. education matters, religion and medical treatment. A mother will automatically have parental responsibility for a child. A father will have parental responsibility if he is married to the mother or is registered on the child’s birth certificate which must have taken place after 1st December 2003. However, there are ways to obtain parental responsibility which we can advise you on e.g. re-registering the child’s birth, entering into a parental responsibility agreement or applying to the Court for a parental responsibility order.