Parental rights and responsibilities play a pivotal role in the health, safety, protection and personal development of a child.

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Parental Rights and Responsibilities

The law in Scotland dictates that parents are entitled to certain rights over their children, but they also have responsibilities they must uphold, too. Parental rights and responsibilities can be inherited, in light of the fact you are the child’s biological parents, or they may be granted to you through Court appointment.

Parental rights and responsibilities play a pivotal role in the health, safety, protection and personal development of a child.

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Who Has Parent Rights?

In Scotland, both the mother and father of the child are granted parental rights and responsibilities under the law, when they register the birth. 

However, for children that were born prior to the Scottish Family Law Act 2006, if the parents were not married, then only the mother received parental rights and responsibilities. 

The father can gain parental rights by either marrying the mother, completing a Parental Rights & Parental Responsibilities Agreement (PRPRA) (with the approval of the mother), or by asking the courts to grant the rights. 

Additionally, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and step-parents can also make an appeal for the parental rights and responsibilities of a child. The courts will always make their decision based on what is best for the child, so depending on the reason, it may be granted. 

Parental Rights 

Parental rights mean that you have the power to make certain decisions on behalf of your child, such as where they live, go to school, and generally how they are bought up. 

Up until they are 16, you may also determine what they can and cannot do in certain circumstances. 

Parental Responsibilities

As well as having the right to make important decisions on your child’s behalf, you have a responsibility to them, too. It is your duty as their parent to keep them safe, look after them, ensure they have access to education, and generally nurture and encourage their development. 

Parental rights and responsibilities may also include contacting doctors and lawyers on their behalf, if they want you to or are not old enough. You also have the right to act for your children in legal matters. 

Custodial Rights 

If you are going through a divorce, separation, or difficult family time, and you feel that your custody rights may be, or are being, threatened, then it is important that you seek legal advice as soon as possible. 

Additionally, if you are a relative such as a grandparent, aunt, uncle or step-parent, and you believe that you should be granted custodial rights over a child, again, you should seek legal advice. 

Getting custody of a child can be a lengthy and complicated process, which is why you will need an experience solicitor. Neil Kilcoyne and Co. Solicitors have a wealth of experience in Family Law, and will work tireless to secure the best possible outcome for you and the child.

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Neil Kilcoyne Solicitors offers specialist and expert legal advice to people who are going through divorce and separation, marriage and relationship breakdowns. For a free telephone consultation, call us today.

Award-Winning Parental Rights Solicitors

We understand that legal cases relating to child custody can be difficult and highly stressful. That’s why we handle every case in a sensitive, understanding manner.

Neil Kilcoyne Solicitors will do their utmost to make the process as stress-free and straightforward as they can, and will be there to guide you every step of the way.

We have expertise in other areas of family law, including adoption, and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. 

At Neil Kilcoyne Solicitors, we offer a comprehensive services to individuals experiencing a family law issue. No matter the situation, we can help.

Contact our team of dedicated lawyers on our 24 hour solicitor helpline to start getting the legal assistance you’re looking for.

With offices based in Glasgow in Scotland, we’re able to get you the help you need, when you need it. Get in touch with a member of our team today to book an appointment or for a free telephone consultation.