Guide

Parental responsibilities and rights

Last updated: 18 April 2017

Same sex couples

You only have parental responsibilities and rights if you're:

  • the birth mother of a child
  • in a civil partnership or in a same-sex marriage with a woman at the time they have the egg donation, embryo transfer or donor insemination treatment which produces a child
  • the partner of a woman undergoing egg donation, embryo transfer or donor insemination treatment, and you have completed the forms you need to get parental responsibilities and rights
  • named on a child's adoption order
  • named on a child's parental order after surrogacy
  • the appointed guardian of a child whose parent has died and you have consented to act as such

If your partner is undergoing egg donation, embryo transfer or donor insemination treatment, the fertility clinic can help to advise on the forms you need to get parental responsibilities and rights.

You can still get parental responsibilities and rights if you're a same-sex partner but aren't covered by any of the above.

If you want parental responsibilities and rights

You'll need to apply for a court order. You can talk to a solicitor about this if you want to apply.

Parental responsibilities and rights
Same sex couples