For fathers who are currently going through a child custody battle, making themselves informed of the laws and of the father’s rights is important. The biological married father, in terms of Section 20 of the Children’s Act No 38 of 2005, is defined as someone who has full parental responsibilities and rights in respect of the child:
- If he is married to the child’s mother, or
- If he was married to the child’s mother at-
- The time of the child’s conception
- The time of the child’s birth
- Any time between the child’s conception and birth.
Biological fathers can become primary caregivers of the child/children and primary residence of the child/children can be awarded to the father if the mother is unfit to care for the children, for example is she is an alcoholic or substance abuser. It is generally accepted today that fathers can be as good as mothers regarding primary care giving of young children and even babies. Joselowitz & Andrews Attorneys offer assistance in matters involving child custody for fathers throughout South Africa.
Initial consultations are charged at R1500.00. Thereafter, should you wish for us to act on your behalf, a fee is discussed and agreed upon whereafter we can move forward with your matter. We promise to get back to you as soon as possible – as we are aware that these cases are often urgent.