Please note this is not legal advice only a suggested helpful process if you have Parental Responsibility for your child (this mainly means you are on the child’s birth certificate). Contact is still possible if you are not on the child’s birth certificate, please ask for more details. An Outreach Worker from Families First Southampton can support you at any stage of this process. Also see: www.gov.uk/parental-rights-responsibilities/what-is-parental-responsibility
Things they may be helpful along the process, stay calm if it feels like you are confronted with too many barriers, ask for some support. Keep evidence of having Parental Responsibility (PR) and a copy of all correspondence. Build evidence that you are attempting to remain in contact with your child, you have a right to have school reports and an appointment with school to discuss your child’s education. Firstly write to the school providing any evidence that you have PR, your child’s name, date of birth and address if known. If you are unaware of the school your child attends, request this by writing to: School Admissions Southampton City Council, Civic Centre Southampton SO14 7LY
Send your child some information about yourself that indicates that you want to be part of their life. Don’t expect everything to happen straight away this process does take time and contact maybe gradually increased particularly if you have not seen your child for some time. This process has nothing to do with any maintenance payments for your child.
The information is a process suggestion and applies to England and Wales and is not specific legal advice.
Please consider that law and child arrangements are complicated and we have provided a simplified process as a guide so you have an idea of how the law could apply to you.
Please do not rely on this process as a complete statement of the law and do access legal advice if unsure.
Coram www.childrenslegalcentre.com Helpline: 0300 330 5480
Child Law Advice Service: Please visit www.childlawadvice.org.uk for advice and information on child, family and education law. Phone: 0300 330 5480
A solicitor has made three useful videos that explains what to expect when attending court: www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVMahol7Y
Useful information available from www.sortingoutseparation.org.uk