When considering mothers’ rights, the law starts from a point of view that children benefit from spending time with both parents. More often than not, a child will live with the person who historically did most of the caring. For many families, this will be the mother.
Where a child does not live with the mother, she will have as much contact with the child as is practicable and suitable for that child. The court will only prevent a mother from seeing a child if there are good reasons – for example proven allegations of neglect or abuse.
If a father unfairly restricts access to the child, the court can use a variety of mechanisms to punish this, including fines, community service and even prison.
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