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CELEBRATING ALL PARENTS

Happy parents

After most parents had to juggle working from home, teaching from home, running the home and still taking time to make sure there is love in the home during COVID-19 and 2020, it is important to celebrate these amazing people for all that they have endured.

The Children’s Act no 38 of 2005 lays down the rights of children and the responsibilities of parents. Section 18 states that “A person may have either full or specific parental responsibilities and rights in respect of a child” and continues by explaining what those responsibilities include:

(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.

The biological mother of a child, whether married or unmarried, has full parental responsibilities and rights in respect of the child.

The biological father of a child has full parental responsibilities and rights in respect of the child— (a) if he is married to the child’s mother; or (b)if he was married to the child’s mother at— (i)the time of the child’s conception; (ii)the time of the child’s birth; or (iii) any time between the child’s conception and birth.

The biological father of a child who does not have parental responsibilities and rights in respect of the child in terms of section 20, acquires full parental responsibilities and rights in respect of the child—

  • if at the time of the child’s birth he is living with the mother in a permanent life-partnership; or
  • if he, regardless of whether he has lived or is living with the mother—
  • consents to be identified or successfully applies in terms of section 26 to be identified as the child’s father or pays damages in terms of customary law;
  • contributes or has attempted in good faith to contribute to the child’s upbringing for a reasonable period; and
  • contributes or has attempted in good faith to contribute towards expenses in connection with the maintenance of the child for a reasonable period.

No matter how parental responsibilities were obtained, whether you are the biological, adoptive or stepparent, each parent knows that with great power comes great responsibility.

Celebrating you, the parent, today and every other day.

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