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Co-parenting agreements

Co-parenting solicitors to help you secure your child’s wellbeing

Deciding the terms of a co-parenting agreement that will dictate how you intend to raise your child with another person or a group of people is an intricate process, and one that everyone involved will want to get right.

Whether you already have a child or you are planning to, our expert co-parenting solicitors can help you reach an agreement centred on your child’s best interests, that works for you all, so you can move forward together with clarity, certainty and confidence.

For expert legal advice on creating a co-parenting agreement, call 0800 422 0123 or get in touch online to arrange an initial consultation to discuss your situation in confidence with a specialist solicitor.

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Who our co-parenting solicitors can help

We have a wealth of experience helping people from all walks of life agree how they will raise a child together and can also assist with acquiring parental status if required.

We can help you create a co-parenting agreement with:

  • Someone you were in a relationship with but are now separated from or divorced.
  • Someone you have never been in a relationship with, for example a friend.
  • A group of people to give your child more than two parental figures. (In this situation, it is important to understand how legal parental responsibility is granted in the UK.)

Why draw up a co-parenting agreement?

If you are entering into a parenting arrangement, you may wish to consider creating a co-parenting agreement.

Although not legally binding, this comprehensive document will set out your agreed intentions for the future. Preparing a co-parenting agreement can help identify any mismatch in expectations between you, easing the path for everybody involved and enabling any disputes to be resolved more smoothly.

The agreement will be bespoke to your particular co-parenting arrangement. Examples of what a co-parenting agreement might cover include:

  • What role each parent will play in the child’s life
  • Who the child will live with and where
  • What each parent’s financial responsibility is
  • Expectations around education
  • How much time the parents will spend together with the child

Co-parenting agreements and legal parenthood

A co-parenting agreement does not grant legal parenthood or parental responsibility, so it’s important that it clearly states who the legal parents are as there can only be two.

A legal parent is financially responsible for the child. Legal parenthood can also determine inheritance rights. However, the law can be complex in recognising who a child’s legal parent is.

In the UK, the person who gives birth is always recognised as a legal parent unless they choose to relinquish their status through adoption or a parental order. The other legal parent will be determined by the marital/civil partner status of the parties involved, and where and how conception takes place. It is therefore important to understand the arrangement you are entering into and who will acquire legal parent status.

Co-parenting and parental responsibility

Parental responsibility is the right to make important decisions about the welfare and day to day upbringing of the child. It’s possible to be a legal parent without having parental responsibility and vice versa. If a person is named on the birth certificate, that person will have legal parental responsibility for the child unless they relinquish it.

There is no limit to the number of people who can have parental responsibility. It can be acquired after the birth of the child for those who do not automatically acquire parental status.

If a co-parenting arrangement is being entered into, we recommend seeking legal advice to ensure that everyone involved understands who has legal parenthood and any other legal status, such as parental responsibility, is obtained for those who do not have it.

Co-parenting disputes

In this video, our partner in the family team, Clare Webb, explains your options for tackling any co-parenting challenge you are facing following the breakdown of your relationship with the other parent.

Why choose our co-parenting solicitors?

  • Diligently managed costs and competitive rates
  • Understanding and pragmatic approach to your co-parenting situation
  • Professional family mediators and collaborative lawyers on the team
  • Members of Resolution and dedicated to their non-confrontational approach to family matters
  • Highly rated for family law by The Legal 500 and Chambers Guide
  • Legal specialists across the firm who can advise on any other issues that arise

Contact a co-parenting solicitor

To discuss a co-parenting agreement with a specialist solicitor, get in touch online or call 0800 422 0123 to request a consultation. Our solicitors are available nationwide from our offices in Bristol, Birmingham, London, Manchester, Cardiff, Southampton and Taunton.

Your key contacts

Rayner Grice


Rayner advises on the issues that arise for an individual following the breakdown of a relationship in relation to divorce/civil partnership dissolution, their financial affairs and their children.
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Adam Maguire


Adam specialises in divorce and family law. He advises clients regarding all aspects of private family law including cohabitation, separation, divorce and related financial issues, disputes concerning children and nuptial agreements.
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Clare Webb


Clare has built her practice with a commitment to helping her clients resolve their issues in a constructive and conciliatory way. In doing so, she will always have regard to the longterm hopes and aspirations for the family as a whole, whilst of course protecting her client’s interest.
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Philippa Yeo


Philippa is committed to helping couples navigate all aspects of the legal process on the breakdown of their relationship in a pragmatic, collaborative and family-focused way including supporting couples to reach arrangements for their children and achieve healthy future co-parenting relationships.
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