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Automatic Parental Responsibility for Both Parents

All fathers, regardless of marital status, or whether they are named on the birth certificate of their natural child, to be given parental responsibility (PR). Where paternity is in doubt, a DNA test must be used to decide the issue. (Currently, mothers automatically have PR but fathers only get PR if they are married to the mother, or if the mother chooses to name them on the birth certificate).

Parental Responsibility to have Legal Backing

Both parents must have full access to a child’s medical and educational records, and full involvement in school activities regardless of their residence status. (Currently, PR means little in practice as the law governing how public bodies recognise it is unclear. We propose to clearly define how a parent with PR must be treated).

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