Tuesday 6 December 2016

Fathers actually do have rights

Published 14/08/2010 | 05:00

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.

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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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