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Hi thank you for your enquiry and your patience. Due to data protection the registrar will not give you that confirmation unfortunately. The only way would be if the mother tells you or shows you a copy of the birth certificate. Being on the birth certificate at leasr guarantees you that you have parental responsibility without having to apply for it. however you could consider making an application for disclosure before filing an application for parental responsibility with the court and your daughter's mother will have no option but to comply with the disclosure order to provide you with copy of the birth certificate. Your solicitor is right with regards to the application for parental responsibility however should you make an application during pre-action for disclosure it may be heard sooner.
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