The law is particularly harsh on unmarried fathers when it comes to parental responsibility.
What is parental responsibility?
an unmarried father is not on the birth certificate or the child is
born before December 2003, then effectively he has no legal rights
concerning the child. Theoretically, he would not even have the right to
look after his child or children if their mother died.
can avoid this legal trap by filling out a simple form signed by both
parties and setting out the responsibility of each of them. Where a
parent does not want to make such an agreement, then the next step is to
apply to the courts.