Sinead Moriarty: Law must recognise fathers' rights to be in children's lives
Published 05/11/2013 | 02:00
We often hear that marriage is irrelevant these days. We're told that it's a dying practice. Living together is so much simpler, less complicated. If you break up, you just pack up your bags and leave. No messy divorce.
It all sounds so civilised, but what happens when you have a baby? Men be warned, unless you get married, you will have no legal rights to your children. If you want to see them but your ex disagrees, you'll have to go to court.
In accordance with Irish law, unmarried fathers currently have no automatic legal rights to their children. Even if the father's name is on the birth certificate, he has no legal rights. A name on a birth cert does not mean that a father will have guardianship of his child.