Parental Responsibility Dispute

A dispute about parental responsibility for a child can arise in a range of  family situations including:

  • Dispute about parental responsibility between parent/s and a known donor or co-parent following assisted conception.
  • Dispute between a parent and a former partner about parental responsibility for a child.
  • Dispute between a parent and a surrogate about parental responsibility for a child.
  • Dispute between a step-parent and a child’s parent in a blended family situation.

Parental responsibility disputes can raise complex legal issues about legal status, identity, decision making for a child and involvement in a child’s upbringing. They require expert understanding and navigation of the legal, practical and wider issues under English fertility and family law from the outset.

We provide bespoke legal advice, options and solutions to meet individual situations, needs and wishes. We deliver cutting-edge legal expertise, operating at the forefront of law and policy for modern families and those formed through assisted reproduction.

How we can help

Our legal services under English law include:

  • Legal packages
  • Bespoke legal advice tailored to your situation, needs and wishes
  • Preparation of legal documentation
  • Legal support and representation in court proceedings

Package One

Parental responsibility dispute – legal review

This provides expert legal advice on family and fertility law in the UK in the event of a parental responsibility dispute with a known donor, co-parent, surrogate, former partner, current partner, step parent or other adult).

If you require legal assistance with a parental responsibility dispute contact us.

 +44 (0) 20 7965 8399

Leading cases

Louisa Ghevaert has dealt with numerous leading cases in the UK dealing with the significance, acquisition, restriction and exercise of parental responsibility for a child. Read more here.

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Click here to read more about our media and commentary work in relation to family and fertility law, policy and practice.

“Sperm Donor Dispute: Parental Responsibility, Child Arrangements Orders and Fragile X Syndrome” (Louisa Ghevaert Associates’ blog, 7 June 2022).

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