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The Cabinet approved the Guardianship of Minors Amendment Bill, 2020, which will allow parents of a minor, whether married or not, to exercise their guardianship and custody rights.
Speaking at the Cabinet briefing on Tuesday, Information, Advertising and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the bill seeks to bring the provisions of the law into line with guardianship of minors. [Chapter 5:08] to the Constitution.
“The bill provides for the exercise of joint guardianship and custody of the parents,” she said. “The nation is informed that the parents of a minor, whether married or not, will exercise their guardianship and custody rights in consultation with each other: provided that when the parents are not living together as a husband and wife, the custodial parent must exercise all guardianship rights over the child in their care, unless the non-custodial parent under a court order (whether it is a court order) support, divorce order or otherwise) must be consulted on any matter relating to the joint guardianship of the child, ”she said.
Regarding the maintenance order for the minor (whether or not as part of a divorce or separation order), Minister Mutsvangwa said the court would expressly give any direction on how joint guardianship would be shared or exercised.