The birth of Prince George has been registered, but what does that mean to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

The birth of His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge was officially registered on second of August 2013 at Westminster Registry Office. His Royal Highness Prince William Arthur Philip Louis Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Elizabeth Her Royal Highness Duchess of Cambridge have been officially confirmed as his parents.

This essentially means that both William and Kate have equal rights as parents, known as Parental Responsibility.

Parental Responsibility means all rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority which by law a parent has in relation to the child and his property. (Section 3 Children Act 1989). It is virtually impossible to provide a list of these duties and powers but they can be categorised as maintaining, protecting and educating a child.

William and Kate acquired their parental responsibility by being named as Prince George’s parents on the birth certificate. However, it is not always as easily acquired as that, as the law changed in 2003.

Parental Responsibility for the biological mother and fathers can be acquired in a number of circumstances;

The mother automatically acquires parental responsibility by being named as the mother on the birth certificate.

It is a little more complicated for the father, who acquires parental responsibility if;

1) He is married to the mother at the time of the birth of the child
2) He goes on to marry the mother of the child
3) He enters into a Parental Responsibility Agreement with the mother
4) The Court Orders Parental Responsibility

If you are concerned as to whether you have parental responsibility or you wish to discuss the exercise of such duty, we at Terry Jones Solicitors are able to help. Please call Gemma Hughes on 01743 285 888 and make an initial free half hour appointment.


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