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WHAT IS PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY? AND WHO HAS IT?
The Children Act 1989 defines parental responsibility for a child as: " all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority which by law a parent of a child has in relation to that child and his or her property". A person who has parental responsibility has the legal authority to act in relation to a child in such matters as education, medical care, where the child has to live, what surname the child is to have and all other aspects of upbringing and welfare of the child.
If the child is legitimate (or has been legitimated, or adopted), the parents (incl. adopting parents) will each have parental responsibility and both may appoint guardians for the child in the event of their deaths. Previously, the mother automatically had parental responsibility but an unmarried father could only