Thanks for this info. It aligns with my interpretation. Could I ask about the requirement on the form for the mothers signature. I have requested this numerous times (over years) from the Mother but she has not done it, although she has not voiced any objections to the application either. My daughter is very keen to apply for citizenship. Could I go ahead and submit the application form without the mothers signature ? I need to know if the application will be successful or not if I don't have the mothers signature. If I enclose the Court Order etc as you said and show that I am legally recognized as her Father (as if I had married), do I still need the mothers signature ?
Thanks. To clarify, I do not have sole responsibility for the child. We are joint guardians, and the mother is the custodial parent. My understanding of the discretionary aspect of the UK Home Office decision making will be guided and informed by legislation i.e. she was born prior to 2006 (had she been born after 2006 she would be automatically entitled to citizenship from what I understand). From the guidance form :