Our expert says:
your daughter and her boyfriend will be the legal guardians of the child, unless Social Services deemed them unfit to parent, and in those circumstances the child would be removed as a worse case scenario. If the father is not prepared to be involved and you need to claim maintenance, it would need to be your daughter primarily making this claim.
It is unfortunate that relationships are so strained, as when the baby arrives they are going to need all of you as a family for support. Although you have issues with your daughters boyfriend he is the father of the child and hopefully he will want to take an active and positive role in the childs life. Trying to exclude the father can be very detrimental to the child both now and in the future. If at all possible you need to think about trying to find a way for you all to get along for the sake of the child so that both the baby and your daughter get what they need. This is not always possible but it is important to at least try.
A good mediating service is FAMSA and you can contact them via their website at www.famsa.org.za
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