The law is complicated in this area but it is important to know that the law only permits a child to have two legal parents. In co-parenting, who the legal parents are will depend on the legal status of any couple involved and also how/where conception takes place. Some scenarios permit election of the parenthood for the child, whereas others do not.
If a person is a non-legal parent he or she may be able to acquire Parental Responsibility which enables that person to make key decisions in the child’s upbringing, i.e. consent to medical treatment, education etc. If they are married or civil partners with one of the legal parents, this process is straightforward but otherwise a Parental Responsibility or Child Arrangements Order is required.
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