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Your Separated Father's Rights

By: Chris Nickson - Updated: 12 Jun 2018 | comments*Discuss
 
Rights Parental Responsibility Civil

When you've split up with your ex it's important to know what your rights and responsibilities are regarding your children. The most important thing is to determine whether or not you have parental responsibility for your children. In the case of married couples, you're responsible for any children born in wedlock.

Unmarried Couples

In general terms, an unmarried mother is deemed to have "parental responsibility" for her children. For births registered in England or Wales; as a father you have parental responsibility if:
  • The child's birth was registered after December 1st, 2003 and your name is on the certificate as the father.
  • If the child was born before that time with no father listed on the birth certificate, but the birth was later re-registered with you named as the father.
  • If you and the child's mother sign a Parental Responsibility Agreement.
  • If you're given a parental responsibility order by the court, or a Residence Order for the child to live with you.
  • If you marry the child's mother.

If the parents are not married, parental responsibility does not automatically pass to the natural father if the mother dies.

Same Sex Couples

With same sex couples, after a civil partnership, you have parental responsibility if you have a parental responsibility agreement or a parental responsibility order from the court.

What Parental Responsibility Means for your Rights as a Dad

If you have parental responsibility, you have a say in the upbringing of your children, even if they don't live with you any more.

However, this doesn't apply to the general, day-to-day life of your children; that will lie with the mother if they live with her. But in other questions, such as religion, upbringing, medical treatment and so on, you have the same rights in making decisions as the mother.

So what rights does parental responsibility give you?

Important Decisions - we've already mentioned that decisions on everyday matters lie with the parent who has residency. But if you have parental responsibility, even as the non-resident parent - you have the right to be consulted over important issues such as:
  • Changing schools
  • Going on holidays with others/other organisations etc
  • Serious medical issues
  • Changing surname
  • Emigration
  • Their marriage
  • Adoption

Once your child gets older, he or she may express their opinions and you may feel that your parental responsibility rights are reduced. At this stage, it is therefore important to consider the wishes of the child in major decisions too.

For more details on parental responsibility, take a look at our guide and letter templates.

If you feel your rights are being ignored and you have parental responsibility, you can apply for a specific steps order or a specific issue order. More information about those can be found here:
Specific Issue Orders.

Applying to the Courts

As a father you can apply to the court for parental responsibility. The court will consider:
  • How committed you are as a father
  • The attachment between you and your child
  • Your reasons for applying for the order

Based on what the judge believes to be in the child's best interests they will either accept or grant your application for parental responsibility.

If you've been part of a couple where the children are yours and you don't have parental responsibility, you can still apply to court for certain types of orders, mostly Contact Orders to see the children, but even for a Residence Order to have the children live with you (if granted, you'll then have parental responsibility).

Note that if your former partner has a Residence Order, she can take your children abroad for up to a month without your consent. However, if the trip is longer, or she plans on moving abroad with the children, she will need the consent of both you and anyone else who has parental responsibility for the children. However, if you wish to take your children abroad for a holiday, it's a tougher issue, and legally you're advised to have her agreement first. (Taking a child abroad without the mother's consent can be deemed as abduction in the eyes of the law. Read our article What is Abduction? for more information).

Child Maintenance

Parental responsibility also means you have the duty to support your children financially. If you already have a case ongoing this will probably be done either through the Child Support Agency (CSA) or by an arranged agreement between you and the child's mother. In general terms, you'll pay 15% of your net income for one child, 20% for two and 25% for three children. However, there are adjustments, depending on how much time the children spend with you. If you move abroad, support will be done through the court rather than the CSA. Note that from 25 November 2013, the Child Support Agency (CSA) no longer takes on new cases but will continue to deal with existing cases. The new body handling maintenance issues is the Child Maintenance Service.

When Does Parental Responsibility End?

Your parental responsibility to your children ends when they turn 18 and become legal adults. However, if they're over 16 and marry, it ends with the marriage. If you've obtained parental responsibility through a Residence Order, though, and that Residence Order changes, you don't lose parental responsibility.

You should be aware that if you weren't married to the mother of your children, you're on slightly trickier ground, even if you have your name on the birth certificate or a parental responsibility agreement or order. In that case, any other person with parental responsibility can apply to court to have your parental responsibility ended. Even your children can do that, if they acquire permission from the court.

Court

To help prepare you for going to court for residency or contact, we have a free, comprehensive guide to the whole process here.

Check out the Separated Dads Forum... It's a great resource where you can ask for advice on topics including Child Access, Maintenance, CAFCASS, Fathers Rights, Court, Behaviour or simply to have a chat with other dads.

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dm - Your Question:
I was wondering if anyone had any advice , I have been separated from my daughters mother for over 3 years now. when we split she moved 100+ miles away and to begin with I was able to go to her home and collect he on a Friday and return with her on a Sunday but my circumstances have changed I now have a new job, which is a lot more intense than my previous which involves a lot of driving early starts and late finishes mean that I can no longer go for my daughter on the Friday. the mother was originally meeting me half way but is now stopped and refusing to meet me half way and has said that I know where my daughter lives if I want to see her. I also have a new partner with a baby on the way. is there anything I can do to ?

Our Response:
Unfortunately, your only recourse is to suggest mediation as a way of trying to resolve the issue and if your ex refuses, apply to court, please see link here. The court prefers parents to have a mutual agreement and if or when this fails mediation or court are the remaining options.
SeparatedDads - 15-Jun-18 @ 12:10 PM
i was wondering if anyone had any advice , i have been separated from my daughters mother for over 3 years now . when we split she moved 100+ miles away and to begin with i was able to go to her home and collect he on a Friday and return with her on a Sunday but my circumstances have changed i now have a new job, which is a lot more intense than my previous which involves a lot of driving early starts and late finishes mean that i can no longer go for my daughter on the Friday . the mother was originally meeting me half way but is now stopped and refusing to meet me half way and has said that i know where my daughter lives if i want to see her. i also have a new partner with a baby on the way. is there anything i can do to ?
dm - 12-Jun-18 @ 10:43 AM
Dazz - Your Question:
I'm married and we have a 17 month old daughter, my wife wants me out of our council home tomorrow, I'm not on the tenancy do I have any legal right to stay?

Our Response:
The CAB link here, should help answer your question.
SeparatedDads - 7-Jun-18 @ 11:25 AM
I'm married and we have a 17 month old daughter, my wife wants me out of our council home tomorrow, I'm not on the tenancy do I have any legal right to stay?
Dazz - 6-Jun-18 @ 6:38 PM
Jay - Your Question:
Hello,I am father to a one year old daughter. Me and the mother of my child were in a relationship for about a year, but things did not work out. She already had a 6 year old daughter with a previous partner, and during our relationship I took on some of the roles as a father figure to her daughter; reducing stress for the mother during pregnancy. Once we split up and my daughter was born, my ex said that I could only see my daughter based on the premise that her other daughter was treated exactly the same. Now at first I had no issue with this. For example, If was to take my biological daughter away for a day out, I would not have the heart to turn around and say that her other daughter could not come along as well. The issue I had was that at some point divisions would form as both children could not be treated exactly the same all the time. One is my own flesh and blood. At Christmas or Birthdays I would not spend the same on both girls, being an example.My ex and myself agreed on a monthly payment, based on the GOV website. I have always supported my daughter financially and obviously intend to do so, however the lack of contact is now starting to irritate; I'm missing the early years of my daughters development.I'm not sure how to tackle this, I want to see my daughter but I refuse to sit down and carry a burden that's not mine to carry. I was only in her daughters life for a short period of time, and to expect me to assume a full father role for her just seems ridiculous. Any advice would be appreciated.Thank you.

Our Response:
You have no obligation to the non-biological child. If your ex refuses you access to your biological child, you would have to challenge this via mediation and/or court, please see link here . Alternatively, a solicitor's letter to your ex outlining your rights to see your own child without your non-biological child may help and that if your ex does not consent, you will pursue the matter.
SeparatedDads - 5-Jun-18 @ 11:12 AM
Hello, I am father to a one year old daughter. Me and the mother of my child were in a relationship for about a year, but things did not work out. She already had a 6 year old daughter with a previous partner, and during our relationship I took on some of the roles as a father figure to her daughter; reducing stress for the mother during pregnancy. Once we split up and my daughter was born, my ex said that I could only see my daughter based on the premise that her other daughter was treated exactly the same. Now at first I had no issue with this. For example, If was to take my biological daughter away for a day out, I would not have the heart to turn around and say that her other daughter could not come along as well. The issue I had was that at some point divisions would form as both children could not be treated exactly the same all the time. One is my own flesh and blood. At Christmas or Birthdays I would not spend the same on both girls, being an example. My ex and myself agreed on a monthly payment, based on the GOV website. I have always supported my daughter financially and obviously intend to do so, however the lack of contact is now starting to irritate; I'm missing the early years of my daughters development. I'm not sure how to tackle this, I want to see my daughter but I refuse to sit down and carry a burden that's not mine to carry. I was only in her daughters life for a short period of time, and to expect me to assume a full father role for her just seems ridiculous. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you.
Jay - 1-Jun-18 @ 12:20 PM
Hi. This is desperate plea for advice/support/help! I have 2 daughters from relationship 1 and 2 from relationship 2 (4 gorgeous daughters in total). My girls from relationship 1 are being supported by myself via the CMS who have made my life hell. I find myself phoning every other week to confirm payments as when I pay the girls mum I receive a text telling me I haven't paid enough and she threatens to go down the route of 'collect & pay' where charges incur. I just found out that the service have messed up by sending all correspondence to an alternative address in where I previously resided despite me raising concerns that I have little to no documentation in the form of payment schedules etc. hence the reason for both my monthly calls to them and the threats of the 'collect & pay' service from my ex. To add to this it turns out I am in arrears despite my monthly calls to ensure I'm paying the correct amounts monthly as they made a clerical error and I had another child on my case to whom I was in a private arrangement for - this in turn reducing my payments despite being completely false. Now due to the clerical error I have a substantial CSA bill covering all 4 girls of in excess of £770 per month. The £770 per month is extremely testing as like most of us I walked out my house after 4 plus years of domestic abuse (Mental non physical) and currently find myself homeless, with a broken down car, anxiety, depression, a gambling addiction (Later 3 brought on by the manipulation/ mental abuse my ex incurred on me during the relationship 2), To make things worse it has been made clear to myself that I am getting no part to play in my younger 2 daughters lives which I am finding so hard to cope with. I have a brother and mother who are there for me but I am constantly crying and thinking loads about how horrible life is and just can't seem to get out the bit. I find myself looking through my phone at photos and videos of me and the girls and mentally cannot bear to wake up or go to sleep without them. I'm not sure what I'm looking for with this post but at least I have put it in writing, all be it probably about 5% of what I really want to write and get out my system. Any help, advice, inspiration, support, experiences would be amazing. I'm just soooooo lost
J - 1-Jun-18 @ 2:26 AM
@db.i am in the exact situation well one difference I never payed child support her mother never calmed it .(i personally think it’s guilt because off her long affairs with my family members )and others.it was a very toxic relationship.and the chance the (child may not be mine) .but I have never put in for a (court order )and never will after this amount of time has gone bye and I haven’t spoke to the mother in years and (don’t intend to in the future) .my personal advise about contract( I don’t no if it’s right )but I would wait to your child is 16 or18 you could try Facebook in the mean time to reach out .i have tried Facebook but got nothing back so I intent to leave it in my (daughters hands now) .who knows in the future we might get to no each other and end up been close and tight and have a good relationship with each other I never thought I would have got the job I scored in million years so there is hope .thanks
Laurie - 26-May-18 @ 1:28 PM
My son is 14yrs old. I have not seen him for seven or eight years now. Apparently it’s his choice according to his mother. No court orders in place. I have 50% parental responsibility. I have always paid maintenance direct to the mothers bank account. I have no idea where they live. I have no idea what school he goes to. I know nothing about him. I have not spoken to his mother for years. Do I have a legal obligation to continue to pay even though we do not see each other? Any advice on best way for me to make contact to see if he would like to see me?
DB - 26-May-18 @ 10:52 AM
Dear Friends, I'm an Indian born Australian Citizen, OCI card holder, married to an Indian Citizen from last 3 years, and have one 2 years old son, who is born in India and gained Australian Citizenship by Descent. At the moment, he doesnt have OCI card. We have taken visitor visa for 1 year for him. We live in India and are working so my mum takes care of our son all the time. My wife who is an Indian Citizen is creating problems in family. She is not interested in our relation now. She didn't applied for Australian Spouse Visa as she doesn't want to move to Australia because she is very possessive about her family and want to live with them. At the moment we are living together. I have 3 brother-in-laws and 2 sister-in-laws so there is no question of anything like they need her support or financially dependent on her. So now I wish to move back to Australia with my son. My questions are: 1.Can I take my 2 year old son to Australia with me as he is an Australian Citizen. 2.Can She by any means create problems for him to move to Australia with me. If yes, then what is the point of my Son having Australian Citizen. 3. Can I apply for divorce in Australia if i got married in India. My reason for divorce is that my in-laws family are forcing me to live in India. As they know if by Indian law they can stop me taking my child to Australia as he is an infant, so they can force me to live in India and are harassing me in different ways. Please advice. Regards, Rahul
RAHUL - 26-May-18 @ 7:40 AM
I don't like mother she has really offended me in the past she loved to belittle me and loved bed-hopping .and I no its not a crime to do these things .put with me see crossed my personal boundaries and put me in a position years ago where I was in hard place I could Ofsnapped .but walked away and stated over .with my daughter she has my number now because in reality I will only deal with her if she decided to contract me in the future .thanks.
chriso - 25-May-18 @ 6:36 PM
Thanks for not giving me advise on my serous question I won't bother you people any more .my friend said get legal help from a profession .but with her age now i think its waste of time And effort .idont havea leg to stand on with all the years that have past.plus i sent my daughter my phone number on facebook got nothing back stuff them now i tried.
chriso - 25-May-18 @ 4:58 PM
So I would like your advise if its to late for legal action .because I know with myself at 14 I had full-time job and didn't live with my parents I couldn't stand the both of them .my friend has said to me that's not normal and I should get solicitor for her .just wanted your legal advice on this matter.
chriso - 25-May-18 @ 1:18 AM
i have a[ serous question] to ask.i haven't seen my daughter in years she is 14 last time i seen her she was 5 .so its been a[ very long time] .at the moment i been out of work for months but i start a job on monday its a well paying job its two weeks on one week off so i will have money for a solicitor my question is has it been to long to legal action ?.i have no contract with the mother or know there whereabouts .what are my rights in a situation like this ?.is it a pipe dream to form sum sort of bond with my daughter after all these years?.thanks.
chriso - 24-May-18 @ 10:08 PM
hi my name is Raheel hasan from london plz contact with me I m so worried about my Child contact case plz
Raheel Hasan - 24-May-18 @ 8:20 AM
Concerned dad - Your Question:
Ive been split from my ex for 2.5yrs now , I found out she had been cheating on me with another guy and since the split she has made my life very stressful to the point were I could have MS , I have the symptons tho not yet confirmed by nerologists. I have been the subject of mental and physical abuse at the hands if her and her friends. Ive seeked legal help to assist with a contact centre , what else can I do as a father ?

Our Response:
You can see more via link here, which should tell you all you need to know how to apply for access.
SeparatedDads - 21-May-18 @ 11:53 AM
Ive been split from my ex for 2.5yrs now , i found out she had been cheating on me with another guy and since the split she has made my life very stressful to the point were i could have MS , i have the symptons tho not yet confirmed by nerologists. I have been the subject of mental and physical abuse at the hands if her and her friends. Ive seeked legal help to assist with a contact centre , what else can i do as a father ?
Concerned dad - 20-May-18 @ 5:37 PM
Bob - Your Question:
I want to take my son on holiday but my ex won't let me,my name is on his birth certificate and I have hi 3/4 days a week

Our Response:
Specific Issue Orders, much like the name suggests, are orders sought from the family court to determine a particular matter in connection with the exercise of Parental Responsibility. These orders can cover a wide range of issues that you and your ex-partner cannot agree on, such as taking your child away if the other parent disagrees, please see link here . Before you apply to court, you may wish to seek mediation first as a way of trying to resolve any issues between you.
SeparatedDads - 18-May-18 @ 11:30 AM
I want to take my son on holiday but my ex won't let me,my name is on his birth certificate and I have hi 3/4 days a week
Bob - 17-May-18 @ 4:43 PM
Lookingforanswers- Your Question:
Hi!I am a non’resident father and I am just wondering if anyone knows:Does my sons Resident parent need to tell me her address when they move house? (She has told me the area and for now the pick ups won’t be at that address but I feel like I should know where he is living)?

Our Response:
There is no law to say your ex has to give you this information. Your ex is allowed her privacy, as you are allowed yours and a court would not force her to divulge it.
SeparatedDads - 17-May-18 @ 3:16 PM
Edmund Matts - Your Question:
I am recently separated and the arrangements for our 2 children (7 and 10) are still in flex. She is a good but very protective mother. Currently I get them for 7 hours a week. How much time should I be able to seek. What guidelines are they (even in a divorce settlement) for reasonable custody. And any further advice. Thanks.

Our Response:
There are no specific guidelines, as it should be agreed via both parents, or through mediation where parents cannot agree to a fair access split, please see link here . The court prefers both parents to agree and it should only ever come to court as a last resort. As in all cases, the court’s main concern is the welfare of the children in question. The court will always put the children’s best interests first and this main issue will determine the outcome of any application for an order.
SeparatedDads - 17-May-18 @ 2:48 PM
Hi! I am a non’resident father and I am just wondering if anyone knows: Does my sons Resident parent need to tell me her address when they move house? (She has told me the area and for now the pick ups won’t be at that address but I feel like I should know where he is living)?
Lookingforanswers - 17-May-18 @ 9:16 AM
I am recently separated and the arrangements for our 2 children (7 and 10) are still in flex. She is a good but very protective mother. Currently I get them for 7 hours a week. How much time should I be able to seek. What guidelines are they (even in a divorce settlement) for reasonable custody. And any further advice. Thanks.
Edmund Matts - 17-May-18 @ 7:26 AM
Wallace - Your Question:
Hi my x wife left my 3 boys with me 2 1/2 years ago and moved to a Scottish island 4/8/11 now she wants them back, there really happy and settled, what r my chances of keeping them or will I be wasting my time fighting please help broken man here

Our Response:
It is highly unlikely a court would allow your ex to have the children back if you are the primary carer and they have settled lives. The courts will only move children from one parent to another if absolutely necessary. You will not be wasting your time fighting, if your kids are happy and their lives consistent. If you need any further advice and support ahead of any court case join our Separated Dads forum. We're here to help.
SeparatedDads - 15-May-18 @ 2:49 PM
Cerioli - Your Question:
I met a girl celebrating her birthday, 9 months and 18 days later “our son” was born. 20 months later we were married and I had changed my entire life to support her. It took a further six months after our marriage for her to move in with me. I had very limited contact to “our son”, it was decided and controlled by her father.14 months later “our second child” was born, I was in the army and we had been moved to Germany (I had selected this move to break the hold her parents had and start life as a family) between the two births. I was involved in a near fatal incident and while recovering in hospital she had an affair.The marriage dissolved. In the divorce she stated that I had changed lied about my age when she met me (so why marry me to start with?), after the birth of our first child I had changed (so why marry me to start with?) and that I spent extended periods of time away from her and my children (I was in the army).She ran with my sons and vanished. I was advised by a solicitor not to pay maintenance and this would force contact. This tactic worked as months later I was contacted for maintenance. This I daughter advice about via the CSA and I gave her the agreed amount every time I saw “our sons”. The visits soon stopped, with only three visits over two years. She had gone to the CSA and stated that I had not paid her a penny since the separation. Money was deducted at source, an excessive amount was taken from my pay and I did not have money to pay direct debits; this resulted in a debt management plan and near bankruptcy (13 years on and I am still paying the debt).I had no contact whatsoever, I had attempted every few months (as harassment was constantly threatened) and letters were refused. 8 years later I was medically discharged from the army and received a protected medical pension. Not happy with this I was taken to court. This was the first contact I had, evidence provided had been taken from Facebook (proving she could have contacted me herself, but chose not to), my mothers contact details were given (again, no contact was attempted). The courts acted in her favour, however, stated contact had to be maintened. this did not happen. In ten years I have not had any contact with her children and every response they are referred to as “her children”, I always state “our sons”.In court I was ordered to contact her family to attempt to re-establish contact. Her brother is a mental health nurse and has done everything he can to ensure that I do not have contact with the children. This against the nursing code of conduct, I am disabled and a victim of abuse from this nurse, as he has removed my parental rights. So I have supported her children with no contact allowed for ten years and every time I attempt contact I’m threatened with harassment or ignored.How can this be right?How can “the system” allow this kind of abuse?I have paid in excess of £35,000 since I last had any contact whatsoever. Am I a

Our Response:
Firstly, no solicitor should ever advise that you do not pay child maintenance. Every non-resident parent, by law is responsible for helping to support their children on a day-to-day basis whether they see their children or not. Contact and child maintenance are not dependent on one another and a court would never condone a parent using money as a form of bribery. If a court order is in place that says you should have contact, then the court order still applies and you should be given access. If your ex has breached the order, then you would have to refer the matter back to court, please see link here. Ten years is a long time to let this drift. As soon as your ex breached the order, then you should have referred the matter back to court. Your only option remaining still is to refer the matter back to court. If you cannot afford legal fees, then you can self-litigate, please see link here. As in all cases, the court’s main concern is the welfare of the children in question. The court will always put the children’s best interests first and this main issue will determine the outcome of any application for an order.
SeparatedDads - 15-May-18 @ 10:58 AM
Misty - Your Question:
Hi I'm a mother recently been asked away with kids by my friend and his child in UK. My ex saying his child can't go as I'm going with someone else. Is he able to do this?? I have said when he's mentioned plans about going away it's fine and don't ask questions about who's going etc as I feel she's with her dad so she's safe don't need to know anything other than that.

Our Response:
You must get the permission of everyone with parental responsibility for a child or from a court before taking the child abroad, please see link here.
SeparatedDads - 14-May-18 @ 12:32 PM
I met a girl celebrating her birthday, 9 months and 18 days later “our son” was born. 20 months later we were married and I had changed my entire life to support her. It took a further six months after our marriage for her to move in with me. I had very limited contact to “our son”, it was decided and controlled by her father. 14 months later “our second child” was born, I was in the army and we had been moved to Germany (I had selected this move to break the hold her parents had and start life as a family) between the two births. I was involved in a near fatal incident and while recovering in hospital she had an affair. The marriage dissolved. In the divorce she stated that I had changed lied about my age when she met me (so why marry me to start with?), after the birth of our first child I had changed (so why marry me to start with?) and that I spent extended periods of time away from her and my children (I was in the army). She ran with my sons and vanished. I was advised by a solicitor not to pay maintenance and this would force contact. This tactic worked as months later I was contacted for maintenance. This I daughter advice about via the CSA and I gave her the agreed amount every time I saw “our sons”. The visits soon stopped, with only three visits over two years. She had gone to the CSA and stated that I had not paid her a penny since the separation. Money was deducted at source, an excessive amount was taken from my pay and I did not have money to pay direct debits; this resulted in a debt management plan and near bankruptcy (13 years on and I am still paying the debt). I had no contact whatsoever, I had attempted every few months (as harassment was constantly threatened) and letters were refused. 8 years later I was medically discharged from the army and received a protected medical pension. Not happy with this I was taken to court. This was the first contact I had, evidence provided had been taken from Facebook (proving she could have contacted me herself, but chose not to), my mothers contact details were given (again, no contact was attempted). The courts acted in her favour, however, stated contact had to be maintened... this did not happen. In ten years I have not had any contact with her children and every response they are referred to as “her children”, I always state “our sons”. In court I was ordered to contact her family to attempt to re-establish contact. Her brother is a mental health nurse and has done everything he can to ensure that I do not have contact with the children. This against the nursing code of conduct, I am disabled and a victim of abuse from this nurse, as he has removed my parental rights. So I have supported her children with no contact allowed for ten years and every time I attempt contact I’m threatened with harassment or ignored. How can this be right? How can “the system” allow this kind of abuse? I have paid in excess of £35,000 since I last had any contact whatsoever. Am I a
Cerioli - 14-May-18 @ 10:30 AM
Hi I'm a mother recently been asked away with kids by my friend and his child in UK. My ex saying his child can't go as I'm going with someone else. Is he able to do this?? I have said when he's mentioned plans about going away it's fine and don't ask questions about who's going etc as I feel she's with her dad so she's safe don't need to know anything other than that.
Misty - 12-May-18 @ 1:44 PM
Kenzo - Your Question:
Hi I have a wee boy who is 3 am not his birth dad but been there since was born he calls me dad and now's me as dad now his mum has stop me from seeing him I still pay money as well for him can you tell me what my rights are

Our Response:
Your only option would be to apply to court. You may wish to seek legal advice, as if you are not the biological father then it will be more difficult to put together a case. However, it is possible if you have had continual contact througout the child's life and he knows you as his father.
SeparatedDads - 11-May-18 @ 3:02 PM
Hi my x wife left my 3 boys with me 2 1/2 years ago and moved to a Scottish island 4/8/11 now she wants them back, there really happy and settled, what r my chances of keeping them or will I be wasting my time fighting please help broken man here
Wallace - 11-May-18 @ 6:30 AM
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