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Visiting Rights For Unmarried Fathers2018-11-05T09:04:29+00:00

VISITING RIGHTS FOR
UNMARRIED FATHERS 

In the case of an unmarried father, the father still has rights to see the child/children if he wants to, even if he does not have custody of the child. Joselowitz & Andrews Attorneys are experienced Family Law Attorneys and can help with putting together a parenting plan which will set out the reasonable contact whereby the unmarried parent of alternate residence will have with the child during term time, weekends and school holidays, taking into account the child’s social, school and extra-mural activities. Jobs, schools and a variety of other factors are taken into account when considering the visiting rights for unmarried father’s, but fathers do have these rights. It is often best to find a family plan that works for the whole family and gives both the mother and the father time with the children and together we can accomplish this. Throughout this trying process it is important to remember that emphasis will be focused on the health and well-being of your child. It doesn’t matter whether the parents are married, divorced or unmarried. If the parents have automatically acquired parental rights and responsibilities in terms of the Children’s Act, they’re both responsible and have equal rights when it comes to the child, unless a court orders otherwise.

We handle the legalities in order for our clients’ primary focus and energy to remain vested with their children. Our clients’ can rest assured that their matters are dealt with expeditiously by specialist practitioners in their field. Joselowitz & Andrews Attorneys specialise in divorce matters, access/contact disputes, custody/primary residence matters, guardianship issues, parental responsibilities and rights and the termination thereof, relocation applications, child abduction and kidnapping.

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.

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WHAT ARE THE VISITING RIGHTS FOR UNMARRIED FATHERS IN SOUTH AFRICA?

HOLIDAYS:

Visiting rights for unmarried fathers will often allow fathers to alternate holidays with the other parent. For short holidays, depending on the child’s age and maturity, one parent will get the children over that holiday this year and the other parent will have them over the particular holiday the following year. Longer holidays are often split in half, so that both parents have a chance to see the children during these times. If the child is not able to cope with spending long periods of time away from one parent, the holiday contact time should be adjusted.

BIRTHDAYS AND OTHER SPECIAL DAYS:

The child has the right to spend Mother’s Day and Father’s Day with the respective parent and visiting rights for unmarried fathers also allow the father to spend some time with the child on the father’s birthday and on the child’s birthday if the child would like this. Christmas Days and other religious days can be alternated each year between the parents. While there is no specific law for how much time the father has to get with the child, parents are encouraged to come up with a parenting plan that allows both parents sufficient time with the child.

WEEKENDS:

Depending on the age of the child, fathers are often permitted to see the children every second weekend. This is a guideline but a solution that is often included in family plans. The father will have full responsibility for the child over the time they are in his care and will be required to honour any school or extramural commitments that the child has over that period.

Parenting Plans To Assist Visiting Rights For Unmarried Fathers In South Africa:

It is always in the best interests of all parties involved, especially the children, for parents and interested parties to enter into a parenting plan in order to regulate various parental responsibilities and rights in respect of the children. A parenting plan needs to be comprehensive, reduced to writing, signed by all the relevant parties involved and is made an order of the court. Parenting plans encompass the following: where and with whom the child/children are to reside, maintenance of the child/children, visitation rights and major decisions involving the child/children such as religion, schooling and medical decisions. Parenting plans are designed to assist parents and interested parties to minimise any future conflict that may arise in respect of their co-parenting relationship. It is important for parents to note that, notwithstanding the signature of all parties involved,  parenting plans are not automatically legally binding documents until such time as it is made an order of the court.

CONTACT JOSELOWITZ & ANDREWS ATTORNEYS FOR ASSISTANCE WITH VISITING RIGHTS FOR UNMARRIED FATHERS IN SOUTH AFRICA.

Joselowitz & Andrews Attorneys offer legal assistance regarding child custody and provide an affordable and efficient legal solution. Situations surrounding visiting rights for unmarried fathers are often stressful and traumatic and we aim to assist your family during this time. Contact us for further information and assistance or to arrange a meeting to discuss a workable parenting plan for all parties interested.

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