Divorce F.A.Q.

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"I don't agree with your parenting style, so you will not have any contact with my child"

2017-10-24

Location: South Africa

Parenting styles often differ between parents. If a child is cared for and safe while in the care of the other parent, the difference in parenting styles cannot be 'used' as a reason the frustrate or deny contact. Read more about parenting styles here.

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What are parental responsibilities and rights?

2017-10-03

Location: South Africa

Parental rights and responsibilities that a person may have in respect of a child, include the responsibility and the right to: 1) care for the child 2) maintain contact with the child 3) act as guardian of the child 4) contribute to the maintenance of the child.

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What does "in the best interest of the child" mean?

2017-10-01

Location: South Africa

When making a parenting plan, parents may be advised to make a plan that is in the "best interest of their children." Topics that should be considered when addressing this question include: (a) the age of the child (b) the health of the child (c) the child's attachment to his/her parents and siblings and (d) the child's personality, experiences and abilities. Thus, because children differ, there is no standard plan and a plan that considers these factors should be specific to YOUR child and therefor in your "child's best interest."

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Do unmarried fathers have parental responsibilities and rights?

2014-03-15

Location: South Africa

Yes. After applying for his parental responsibilities and rights, unmarried fathers have the same parental responsibilities and rights as the mother of the child and is therefore a co-holder of parental responsibilities and rights.

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The above answers are supplied by accredited family mediators with input from our legal counsel. The contents of this page are not published as legal fact as every case is different. You are welcome to book a support request and to share details after which we will be in a better position to assist you.