Guide

Parental responsibilities and rights

Last updated: 18 April 2017

Step parents

If you're a step parent you don't have the legal right to make choices about a stepchild. It doesn't matter if you're married to the child's parent or not.

You can get the legal right to make choices about a stepchild if you're given parental responsibilities and rights by a court.

You should talk to a solicitor if you want to apply to a court for parental responsibilities and rights.

If you're splitting up with your partner and can't agree

If you can't agree about what to do, you can get help.

Parental responsibilities and rights
Step parents