In Singapore, if you are a single mother with a child born out of wedlock, there are several important legal considerations regarding the child’s guardianship and welfare:
Guardianship and Legal Status
: If the natural father is not named on the child’s birth certificate, by law, you are automatically assumed to be the child’s legal guardian.
This situation grants you primary responsibility for the child’s care and decisions.
Paternity and Father’s Rights
: If the natural father wishes to have access to the child but is not named on the birth certificate, he may need to provide a DNA report.
This report is necessary to confirm paternity, as the court requires evidence before considering his access application.
Guardianship of Infants Act
: If the natural father’s name is on the birth certificate, either parent can apply under the Guardianship of Infants Act.
: In situations where the natural father is not financially contributing to the child’s upbringing, you can file an application in the family court for interim maintenance.
The court will then determine the appropriate amount of maintenance to be awarded.
These legal processes can be complex and may require the assistance of a family lawyer to navigate. Additionally, the child’s well-being is always paramount in these matters.
If you’re facing such a situation, it might be beneficial to consult with one of our matrimonial lawyers to understand your rights and responsibilities, as well as the best course of action for your child’s welfare.
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We have a dedicated family law team ready to listen, understand your situation, and advise you on:
- Child Custody & Maintenance issues;
- Access Arrangements;
- Parenting Plans.