Guardianship describes the group of rights and responsibilities vested in both parents of a child born within marriage, and in the mother only of a child born outside marriage. It is particularly important for people in non marital relationships to obtain advice about Guardianship rights. For unmarried fathers, the only way to obtain this entitlement where the mother does not consent, is by Court Order.
Custody essentially means the right to physical and day to day care and control of a child, usually with access vesting in the non-custodial parent ie the right to visit with, have the child reside with you for a portion of the time, and develop a relationship with the child. The degree of access will vary enormously depending on the individual situation.
FROM OUR BLOG:
HOW SEPARATED FATHERS SECURE CUSTODY AFTER A PARTNER’S DEATH
Separated fathers can face a difficult and confusing situation if the mother of their child/children dies. Firstly, your child or children have lost their mother which is a traumatic time for any child. Secondly, even if you are long separated and no matter how you got on with your ex-partner, you are still coping with bereavement yourself. Thirdly, you now have to look at the future of your relationship with your child/children, with the primary emphasis on their care and wellbeing, which may involve custody proceedings. >>Read more….