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This factsheet explains the rights and responsibilities of parents who live apart. It tells you who is responsible for the care of a child and who can have a say in important decisions in a child’s life, such as where they go to school, their religion and where they live.
You’ll find information in this factsheet on what parental responsibility means, who automatically has it, who can apply for parental responsibility, and how to apply. There is also information on appointing a guardian in the event of your death.
For more information, or for advice tailored to your circumstances, call the Gingerbread Single Parent Helpline on 0808 802 0925. Calls are free from landlines and most mobiles.