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Parenthood brings with it a number of legal rights and obligations.

Protecting children's rights at all levels

Children's rights are one of the top priorities in a genuine European area of justice.

The increase in international couples and cross-border disputes impacts upon the respect of children's rights in the following areas:

  • parental responsibility: when parents live together, they usually share responsibility for their children. But if they divorce or separate, decisions must be made on how this responsibility is exercised in future and, above all, who is to have custody;
  • maintenance obligations: family members are generally required by law to help each other. Parents must look after their children, usually in the form of maintenance payments, depending on who has custody of the children.

As a parent, you should also be aware of your rights and obligations related to: