Sunday 30 April 2017

Fathers actually do have rights

Michael Brennan's report, 'Minister vows more rights for single dads' (Irish Independent, August 13) implies that the only way an unmarried father can become a guardian of his child is through the courts.

This is not true. If the mother is in agreement, then it is a very simple process: both father and mother can complete and sign the statutory declaration for joint guardianship (S.I. No. 5 of 1998) in the presence of a peace commissioner, commissioner for oaths or notary public.

A blank copy of this form is available from the Government Publications Office or from Treoir, the National Information Service for Unmarried Parents -- lo call 1890 252 084.

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