The Children's Act

    The Children's Act. > Section 18. Parental responsibilities and rights

18. Parental responsibilities and rights

Section: 1) A person may have either full or specific parental responsibilities and rights in respect of a child.

2) The parental responsibilities and rights that a person may have in respect of a child, include the responsibility and the right-
    a) to care for the child;
    b) to maintain contact with the child;
    c) to act as guardian of the child; and
    d) to contribute to the maintenance of the child.

3) Subject to subsections (4) and (5), a parent or other person who acts as guardian of a child must-
    a) administer and safeguard the child's property and property interests;
    b) assist or represent the child in administrative, contractual and other legal matters; or
    c) give or refuse any consent required by law in respect of the child, including-
       i) consent to the child's marriage;
       ii) consent to the child's adoption;
       iii) consent to the child's departure or removal from the Republic;
       iv) consent to the child's application for a passport; and
       v) consent to the alienation or encumbrance of any immovable property of the child.

4) Whenever more than one person has guardianship of a child, each one of them is competent, subject to subsection (5), any other law or any order of a competent court to the contrary, to exercise independently and without the consent of the other any right or responsibility arising from such guardianship.

5) Unless a competent court orders otherwise, the consent of all the persons that have guardianship of a child is necessary in respect of matters set out in subsection (3)(c).

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