Parental Responsibilities and Rights in regards to Child Custody for Fathers:
In terms of Section 21 of the Children’s Act, the biological father acquires full parental responsibilities and the father’s custody rights in respect of the child –
- If at the time of the birth, he is living with the mother in a permanent life-partnership; or
- If he, regardless of whether he is living or has lived with the mother-
- Consents to be identified or successfully applies in terms of Section 26 to be identified as the child’s father (i.e. if the court confirms his paternity) or pay damages in terms of customary law;
- Contributes or has attempted in good faith to contribute to the child’s upbringing for a reasonable period; and
- Contributes or has attempted in good faith to contribute towards expenses in connection with the maintenance of the child for a reasonable period
- If there is a dispute between the biological father referred to in sub-section (1) and the biological mother of a child with regard to the fulfilment by that father of the conditions set out in sub-section (1) (a) or (b), the matter must be referred for mediation to a family advocate, social worker, social service professional or another qualified person.
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