I am a step parent what is my legal position in respect of my step children?

A step parent will very often have a very important role in the lives of their step children. They often develop close relationships and are very much involved in the child’s care.

Step parents, however, do not have parental responsibility for their step children and it remains the biological parents who are legally entitled to make decisions for the child. If the parents agree then a step parent Parental Responsibility agreement can be entered into. Or if it is necessary the court can be asked to make an order.

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