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Children Act 1989

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Parental responsibility of parents

6(1)Where—

(a)a child’s father and mother were married to each other at the time of his birth; and

(b)there is an existing order with respect to the child,

each parent shall have parental responsibility for the child in accordance with section 2 as modified by sub-paragraph (3).

(2)Where—

(a)a child’s father and mother were not married to each other at the time of his birth; and

(b)there is an existing order with respect to the child,

section 2 shall apply as modified by sub-paragraphs (3) and (4).

(3)The modification is that for section 2(8) there shall be substituted—

(8)The fact that a person has parental responsibility for a child does not entitle him to act in a way which would be incompatible with any existing order or any order made under this Act with respect to the child.

(4)The modifications are that—

(a)for the purposes of section 2(2), where the father has custody or care and control of the child by virtue of any existing order, the court shall be deemed to have made (at the commencement of that section) an order under section 4(1) giving him parental responsibility for the child; and

(b)where by virtue of paragraph (a) a court is deemed to have made an order under section 4(1) in favour of a father who has care and control of a child by virtue of an existing order, the court shall not bring the order under section 4(1) to an end at any time while he has care and control of the child by virtue of the order.

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