Fathers rights are not guaranteed in the UK, especially in child custody cases where the mother and father were not married and the father was not listed on the birth certificate. It is almost impossible for a father who is not listed on their child’s birth certificate to exercise their fathers rights to visitation, so it is very important for a child’s father to ensure that their name is properly listed on each child’s birth certificate.
UK law gives specific rules for men who wish to claim fathers rights when their relationship with the mother has ended. A man can claim fathers rights in regards to his children in court if his name is listed on the child’s birth certificate, a Parental Responsibility Agreement has been signed and he has been granted parental responsibility by the courts.
A father may be granted full custody by the courts, but it is more common for the courts to assign joint custody to the mother and father. A mother’s rights to her children may be terminated if the court deems that she is not able to properly care for her children. The court is likely to grant custody to the single father in this situation, but the mother’s family may also want rights to the child.
Fathers who divorce or otherwise leave the lives of their children will probably never receive Father’s Day gifts from their children. They are also unlikely to have their children write them Fathers Day poems. This can cause a great deal of frustration and sadness for a man who wants to spend time with his children.