Our expert says:
Family law expert
She must claim maintenance from him. Go to your local magistrate's court for this. In terms of the Children's Act, any person who has an interest in the child's wellbeing can approach the court to obtain parental rights and thus I will advise that this avenue be explored. The father for all practical purposes will be the Guardian now in the absence of the mother, but, with the facts at hand I doubt very much whether he will be able to succeed in custody having regard to the absent role that he had played up to now.
Family Law Attorney
Abrahams and Gross
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