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    Morning all

    Not sure if this is even possible but hoping someone can advise!

    Is it possible to reverse parental responsibility from a parent? I know this shouldn’t be taken lightly but this parent hasn’t been in their child’s life since they were 2 months old and has no desire to do so in the future (their words). It doesn’t seem right that a parent that has no desire to be a part of their child’s life is able to hold a position of power when it comes to schooling, health, religion etc as much as the other parent that is raising the child and the child’s only care giver. I should add to clarify my child doesn’t know their dad nor is interested to.


    TIA if any one can share any advice 🙂

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    I think that the courts would not remove parental responsibility without due cause ie convicted crimes against children as an example.  I tend to think you’re best keeping ur head down and cracking on with ur child. Later on if the absent father comes back at some point and tries to assert his power as parent (in decisions such as schooling), I don’t think he’d have a great deal of strength given he’s not been there since 8weeks of age. If you’re wanting to remove parental responsibility, then presumably you haven’t tried for child maintenance?

    However, if he raised his head later and requested contact then he quite possibly could gain this through court if he wanted, again presuming no safeguarding risk. I think you have to consider your motives for wanting to remove parental responsibility.

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      <li style=”text-align: left;”>Thanks for your reply!

    1. This isn’t a decision I would take lightly, nor is it something I am considering out of spite (which I’m sure isn’t unsual). There are safeguarding concerns and we have been in court regarding this. Simply I just don’t understand given the circumstance how a parent can be absent for a period but be able to be involved just as much as me in big decisions, wasn’t sure how it worked and if there are options.
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