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01 Nov 2006

There's one thing that I'm afraid of if I decide to go on without him. I'm afraid that he will go to court and take my baby away from me, and I will find it hard not to see my baby for a whole weekend if he gets weekends! But he won't get away with it, will he? Because my parents help me pay for the baby's medical aid and the medicines and for the doctors, etc. He gives me some money every month, but it's just not always enough and he refuses to give me more if I ask him to help me with a R100 more or so? Do you think he will be able to take my son away from me?
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01 Jan 0001

I see two problems with your problem ! (a) though he might want to be spiteful, would he REALLY want to responsibility and sheer work of having the child with him for much time, especially at the weekends when presumably he'd prefer to party ? and (b) if he is seen as selfish, immature and irresponsible, no court is likely to consider it sensible to take custody away from a loving and competent mother, and give it to a young harum-scarum. Oh, and thirdly, can he afford to go to court big time ? The issue of maintenance, which he owes to the child, is enforceable by the court, but not connected to custody / access. A court is likely, if approached at the same time, to set a far amount which it would require him to pay regularly.
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