Unmarried Parents and Children



















“We have absolutely no control over our future, what’s meant to be will happen.”

The above quote is true but that doesn’t mean that won’t be scary especially having a child that was not planned for or being in a relationship that irretrievably breaks down.

What happens in this situation? Who has custody of the child? Will my partner pay maintenance? Don’t burden yourself with these stressful questions, instead contact us and we will gladly assist you.

The three most common stresses that an unmarried parent has daily are:

The Childs Rights are ALWAYS more IMPORTANT than the Parents Rights

The child has the right to:

The Act governs both the acquisition
and loss of parental responsibilities and rights
not only by the parents of the children involved
but also in respect of other persons.

Two ways in which a parent may aquire rights and responsibility of a child

Biological Mothers Vs Biological Fathers

Biological Mothers

The biological mother, whether she is married or not, has full parental responsibilities and rights in respect of her child.

Biological Fathers

The biological father has full parental responsibilities and rights in respect of the child if:

  1. He was married to the child’s mother at the time of the child’s conception and birth.
  2. He is married to the child’s mother; or
  3. They are or were married at any time after the birth.

Unmarried Biological Fathers

According to the Act, an unmarried biological father will have automatic parental rights and responsibilities only if: