Parental Responsibility Essay
To what extent is this an accurate summary of the law on parental responsibility? Consider whether compulsory joint birth registration in the case of unmarried fathers would be a helpful reform.
The Children’s Act defines parental responsibility as “all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority which by law a parent of a child has in relation to the child and his property”. The law does not tell us exactly what this means but in a broad sense it is fairly clear what is meant by this. ‘It is much easier to define a ‘normal’ family – a husband and wife and the children of their marriage – than it is to define the powers and …show more content…
‘Public awareness of lesbian mother families dates back to the 1970’s when previously marries lesbian mothers began to fight for custody of their children when they divorced’. There are still two parents and a child which fits into the nuclear family. There could still be the same problems with obtaining parental responsibility that unmarried fathers would depending on the situation in which they have had the child.
The case of a lesbian couple (M and P) who used one of the partner’s brother’s sperm (F) as donor