The UK government is to introduce a new ‘no-fault’ divorce. The new law, which will apply to marriages and civil partnerships, will remove the need for couples to blame each other,  or provide evidence of the other spouse’s behaviour. It will also stop one partner refusing a divorce if the other party wants one. In…

Parental Responsibility

Parental Responsibility is derived from the Children’s Act 1989. It refers to: “all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authorities which by law a parent of a child has in relation to the child and his property.” The emphasis is on a parents’ responsibilities over the child, rather than the parents’ rights of the child. Parental Responsibility is a right given automatically to the mother and the married father. However, it is not an automatic right given to an unmarried father, step-parent or grandparent. An unmarried father can acquire Parental Responsibility in two ways: i) If the child was born after 1 December 2003, an unmarried father can acquire Parental Responsibility by having his name on the child’s birth certificate. ii) enter into a written Parental Responsibility Agreement with the mother or by order of the court. Travelling Abroad Would you like to take your child abroad? Before you book your tickets, read the following.

If you do not have parental responsibility towards the child, you will need to gain permission from everyone that has parental responsibility over the child. You can do this through a document signed by the parents of the child. Remember, Immigration Authorities in the UK or overseas may ask for you for this document. The document should include contact details for the people with parental responsibility, and information about trip - for example the date of departure, when and how you’re returning. Evidence of your relationship to the child is also be helpful i.e. a birth or adoption certificate. If you are a single parent and your family surname differs from the child, provide a divorce or marriage certificate.

In order to find out more about how to gain permission to take a child abroad, get in touch with a solicitor to obtain legal advice. You can book a free 30 minute consultation with SKB Law - 01274 727373.

It can be difficult to understand what to do next when you’ve reached the decision to divorce. Our step by step guide helps you understand the process, and how long it can take. We highly recommend that you seek legal advice to protect yourself and your family. You will usually only need to visit our office…

Your handy guide to changing your name – adults and children. How long does it take for a Change of Name Deed? The Deed can be prepared very quickly if required. SKB Law are able to prepare a Deed within a week. Contact the family line team on 01274 727373 I want to change my child’s surname, can I?…

Since the referendum, there has been confusion about the rights of EU Nationals in the UK. EU Nationals become an initial qualified person by exercising their treaty rights in the UK through employment, self -employment, as a jobseeker for six months, studying in the UK or being economically self-sufficient. The last 2 categories require Comprehensive…

A contact order can be obtained from the Family Court when a separated or divorced couple are unable to agree on the amount of contact that the parent not living with the child should have with their child. When a marriage breaks down, it impacts everyone involved. Inevitably one parent will leave the home and…

The Nikaah is a contract between a husband and wife that they will live their lives in accordance with the teachings of the Quran and the Sunnah. As part of the marriage contract the husband agrees to pay the wife a Mehr, commonly referred to as Dowry. British Law as it currently stands recognises any…

You can ask a court to make a ‘financial order’ if you cannot reach an agreement. This used to be called an ‘ancillary relief order’. This means the court will decide how assets will be split. Ancillary Relief: What you need to know When parties divorce, not only do they need to determine who the…

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