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Step Parents

Since 5 December 2005, Step-parents have been able to acquire Parental Responsibility through a formal agreement or Court Order.

However, Step-parents still will not have Parental Responsibility until each person who already has that responsibility, normally the natural parents, have signed the agreement.

On acquiring Parental Responsibility, a step-parent has the same duties and responsibilities as a natural parent. Parental Responsibility is defined as ‘all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority which, by law, a parent of a child has in relation to the child and their property’.

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