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
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.