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Adoption and Children Act 2002

Section 111: Parental responsibility of unmarried father

267.Section 111 amends section 4 of the Children Act 1989 to provide that a father who is not married to the mother at the time of the child’s birth is to have parental responsibility if registration or re-registration of the birth takes place according to the provisions of the Births and Deaths Registration Act 1953 and equivalent provisions for Scotland and Northern Ireland. Parental responsibility granted to an unmarried father under these provisions may only be terminated by the order of a court. Applications for the termination may be made by any person who has parental responsibility for the child or, with leave, the child.

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