Children’s Amendment Bill

If you are a parent, here is how the proposed changes to the Children’s Act will affect you South Africa has some of the most progressive children’s legislation in the world. The Amendment Bill before Parliament strengthens protective measures for children even further and aims to close gaps in the child protection system. This article […]

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In the name of the father

Court grants unmarried fathers the right to give a child their surname Names, especially surnames, have a huge significance in society. Your name is your identity. More and more women opt to retain their own name on marriage, because adopting the husband’s name is a form of social statement: “My identity is now the wife […]

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Are you a single parent? Know your rights and obligations

International Single Parents Days is celebrated on the 21st of March in recognition of the hard work, devotion and sacrifices of single parenting. According to research conducted by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and the South African Race Relations Institute (SARRI), sixty percent of SA children have absent fathers, and more than 40 percent of South African […]

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Unmarried father – know your rights

What are my rights as an unmarried father? Traditionally, two people fell in love, got married, and then (usually but not always) had children. In that order. Pregnancy outside of wedlock carried stigma and young women were often sent away to have the baby, who might then be raised as the “child” of the grandparents. An […]

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