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The responsibilities and duties of a parent, as well as the legal authority, powers and rights to make decisions in respect of a child is known as parental rights and responsibilities (PR & R). These rights are not automatically given in all cases, and those who have PR & R over a child, have the right to make decisions regarding child’s lifestyle and welfare, such as schooling, religion, where the child should live and even what they should eat.  Although natural mothers have automatic parental rights and responsibilities, a father will only have such rights if he is registered as the father at birth, or if he is married to the mother. 

In adoption cases, couples can apply for parental responsibility to the court by way of an adoption order, which has the effect of extinguishing the parental responsibility of those holding PR & R previous to this.  In surrogacy cases,  couples may apply for PR & R through the court by way of a parental order.  Speak to one of our solicitors for more information on how PR & R can be obtained by natural parents, adoptive parents and close relatives in respect of a present.

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At BuchananBurton, we speak your language. If you have a legal issue to discuss regarding parental rights, get in touch with us. Our advice is down-to-earth and practical – giving you real solutions to your everyday problems. We are also expert litigators, ready to fight your corner every step of the way. Our solicitors offer cost-effective solutions to your legal needs, ensuring you have a good understanding of your options throughout. We serve clients in East Kilbride, Strathaven, Thorntonhall, Carmunnock, Hamilton, Clarkston, Busby and the surrounding areas. Pop into our office, give us a call on 01355 249 228 or contact us via our online contact form and someone will be in touch shortly.

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