Poor Tyrone Dobbs – stuck in a violent relationship, afraid to escape for fear of losing his daughter. When he feels his only option is to abduct his child Fiz comes to the rescue, having taken legal advice!! Hopefully these lawyers remain in the fictitious world at Granada Studios as she relates that his most favourable option is to marry said abusive partner in order to gain parental responsibility of his daughter. An extreme and unnecessary measure.
What is parental responsibility?
Parental responsibility allows the authority to act as a parent, to make decisions with regard to education and medical interventions, change of name and anything relating to your child’s well being. A mother naturally has parental responsibility.
How does a father acquire parental responsibility?
If you are married to the child’s mother you have parental responsibility automatically. If you are not married you can achieve PR by being named on the child’s birth certificate. you can also acquire PR by:
1. Marrying the child’s mother (Tyrone didn’t look past this option! Extreme if you don’t even like the child’s mother any longer)
2. Signing an agreement with the child’s mother
3. Obtaining a parental responsibility order from the court.