Even if you have parental responsibilities, some decisions can still only be made by parents with parental responsibility. These include the right to approve or not to refuse an adoption order and the right to appoint a guardian for the child. But what happens if the child lives on an informal basis with a grandparent (i.e., there is no court order that sets out the child`s life arrangements) and the parents are absent or not actively involved in the custody of the child? This article was graciously provided by the Grandparents Association. The Grandparents Association has been working for children since 1987. It is a member organization that seeks to improve the lives of children by working with and for all grandparents, especially those who are denied contact; Caring for your full-time grandchild or have child care duties for their grandchildren; or are interested in the educational and well-being needs of their grandchildren. For millions of families, grandparents play a crucial role in their grandchild`s education. Some may care for a grandchild while their parents are working, others may provide ad hoc care, but for many, they offer daily custody of their grandchild because their parents are unable to do so. This can be for many reasons such as sadness, illness, neglect, abuse or substance abuse. A parenting agreement can only end in these circumstances: if you want parental responsibility but can`t agree on agreements with your mother, you can apply for a court order. Regardless of family dynamics, it is very important that grandparents caring for a grandchild in the place of a parent need an opinion on the need to formalize this agreement so that grandparents can best care for their grandchild using the powers vested in them by parental responsibility. If the parents cannot agree on whether the other parent should have parental responsibility, the parent can apply for an injunction in court.
The court will decide whether it is in the best interests of the child for the parent to bear parental responsibility. When the court assumes parental responsibility, it adopts a parental responsibility regulation. Claire Colbert is a family law partner at Freeths LLP. Learn more about mediation, court applications and parental access www.freethsoxford.co.uk/children parental responsibility means a parent`s rights, obligations, powers, duties and legal powers for a child. A parent with parental responsibility has the right to make decisions about the child`s education and care.