She is wrong, however, to think that there is no existing mechanism enabling such men to acquire full parental rights. Committed and involved fathers will almost always be granted parental responsibility orders by the courts.
The irony is that such orders usually result from applications which are contested by the mothers whereas those parents who wish to enter into parental responsibility agreements without the involvement of the courts find that the Government has recently introduced onerous regulations to be complied with before such agreements become official.
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