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Fosterage (Suckling) And Custody

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Once parentage, which is the right of the child and the father, is established, it becomes the duty of the father to honour the child's right to maintenance. It also becomes the duty of the mother to provide fosterage and custody until the end of the child's infancy. As a right of the child, fosterage then creates an obligation on both parents, and raises the question of wages. From the time of a baby's birth, custody, which is in effect guardianship, is an established right, and this guardianship is divided by the jurists into three separate categories: (1) guardianship of the infant, (2) guardianship of education, and (3) guardianship of property.

Keywords: custody; fosterage; parentage; wages for suckling



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