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Christening a child of seperated parents

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24 Jul 12 #345181 by Jenna29
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My partner and I have a 7 week old baby and would like to get her christened. My older daughter (almost 5) has said she would also like to be christened. Her father and I have been seperated for 3 years, he has no religious beliefs. If I were to have my older daughter christened too, would I need her fathers consent/presence at the ceremony?
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24 Jul 12 #345191 by ozzywiz
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I could be wrong, but im sure you do not need his consent or presence asd you have PR so you can unilaturally make the decision but it would be a nice courtessy to invite him but saying that I dont know your circumstances... but he isnt needed to be there or to consent.
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24 Jul 12 #345193 by khan72
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It would be a great courtesy to tell the father and invite him. If your daughter was getting married, what would you do?

Its really great to see parents bringing children up with good moral values such as those in the Christian religion. I am all for it.

Before I get the bashing from the non-religious types, I am not a Christian. I just respect the morals and values of religions.
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24 Jul 12 #345194 by Jenna29
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I was planning to invite him, but I don''t think he would attend therefore I was wondering if him not attending would be a problem.
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24 Jul 12 #345195 by khan72
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Jenna,
At least give him the option to come.
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25 Jul 12 #345198 by DrDaddy
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If you both have PR then it is something that you should agree togther.

So someone wrote on here the other day (can''t remember who) "the test of whether something you are doing is reasonable or not is whether you would be happy if it happened the other way around". I am guessing that you wouldn''t?
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25 Jul 12 #345206 by Fiona
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Parental Responsibility means each parent can determine a child''s religion. Apart from a few exceptional circumstances (changing a child''s name or school, taking a child to live permanently abroad and important medical decisions) parent''s can exercise PR unilaterally. So strictly speaking religion is a decision that parents may take independently and without any consultation or notification to the other parent.

There is case law to the effect that when parents have different religions it''s in children''s interest to experience both until they are old enough to make up their own minds.
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