Registration of a Child's Birth
Under The Children Act 1989 s.4(1) and s.4ZA(1) a father or "second female parent" can acquire Parental Responsibility if they register their name as a parent when the child's birth is registered. There are also a number of other issues in relation to registration of a child's birth, including re-registration.
Registration of the Father's Name at Birth
The Adoption and Children Act 2002, s.111 came into force on 1st December 2003 and amended the Children Act 1989 s.4 so that a father who is not married to the mother at the time of the child's birth acquires Parental Responsibility if his name is placed on the birth certificate at registration or re-registration of the birth under The Births and Deaths Registration Act 1953. However, practically speaking, the unmarried father will often not be able to register his name without the consent of the mother and he may have to make an application to the court for a Parental Responsibility Order.
Re-registration of births
Where the biological father of the child is not married to the mother at the time of birth and
he has not signed the Birth Register but he still wishes to be acknowledged as the parent of the child, he can make an application to the court to have the birth re-registered to show him as the father under The Births and Deaths Registration Act 1953 s.10A. This can be done by lodging with the court a statutory declaration of parentage, Parental Responsibility agreement or a Parental Responsibility Order (made previously by the court).