Scots Family Law - Children - Who Has Parental Responsibilities and Rights

Who Has Parental Responsibilities and Rights

The birth mother of the child, even in cases of surrogacy, automatically acquires parental responsibilities and rights for her child. Only a father who is married to the mother at the time of conception or subsequently before the birth, automatically acquires parental responsibilities and rights. A non-marital father will not automatically acquire the responsibilities and rights even if he is the child's biological father. From 4 May 2006, with the introduction of the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006, a father named on the child's birth certificate also automatically obtains responsibilities and rights. It is important to note that the Act only applies to births from 4 May 2006 and any previous births would have to be re-registered by both parents in order for the father to obtain legal status.

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