Single parents (moms and dads) open up about legal battles, maintenance woes

Single-parent homes are a rising reality in South Africa.

It is said that single parent families are one of the fastest growing types of families.

This is due to changing financial and social dynamics, explains family law attorney Graham Warrender.

He says both mothers and fathers are taking on single parent roles, as a result of separation, divorce, death and other circumstances.

Warrender speaks about the effects of single parenting on children, child maintenance rights and the legalities of raising kids under joint custody.

He says that is important, where possible, for both parents to be present in a child's life.

Read: Fathers on the realities of being stay-at-home dads

There are more and more single parents out there and they have very real issue that they have to deal with.

Graham Warrender, family law attorney and mediator

It's very important for the well-being and development of the child.

Graham Warrender, family law attorney and mediator

Also read: Historical victory as Parliament passes paternity leave bill

Often, some the children battle to form relationships properly when there a single parent.

Graham Warrender, family law attorney and mediator

It's not the father or just the mother; it's a legal obligation on both parties to maintain the child.

Graham Warrender, family law attorney and mediator

Several listeners phone in to share their challenges regarding single-parenting and co-parenting children.

Listen to the insightful discussion and callers share their personal stories:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Single parents (moms and dads) open up about legal battles, maintenance woes


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