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Parental Responsibility – Know your rights

By Principal Lawyer, Family Law

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are still celebrating the birth of their recent daughter, North, who entered the world on June 15th.

It’s important that parents know their rights and responsibilities when Children are born outside of marriage. In this country, mothers automatically have parental responsibility from the moment of the child’s birth. An unmarried father will automatically have Parental Responsibility (PR), if he is named on the birth certificate. Baby North’s birth certificate has already been published on line so we know that Kanye is named as the father.

Let’s pretend that the laws of this country apply. If Kanye hadn’t been named on the birth certificate he would have to apply to the court for parental responsibility. PR is the name for the bundle of rights many assume one has just by virtue of being a parent – namely the right to be part of the important decisions about a Childs upbringing.

Given Kim’s last marriage lasted only 72 days, it is perhaps unlikely that she will be rushing down the aisle again anytime soon. In the meantime, baby North appears to have been hidden behind closed doors as Hollywood waits for the first pictures to be published.  

By Family Law Solicitor Lorraine Harvey

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