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According to a decision by the Constitutional Court, unmarried fathers could soon also be able to plead for the custody of their children.

Unmarried fathers will soon also be able to legally seek custody of children

According to a decision by the Constitutional Court, unmarried fathers could soon also be able to plead for the custody of their children.

However, the Männerpartei (Men's Party) remain sceptical and do not think it will bring great improvements.

Up until now unmarried fathers were not able to plead for a sole or a joint custody of their children.

The Constitutional Court declared this unconstitutional and said there must be judicial  possibility that the father gets granted sole or joint custody of the child when it is in the child's best interest.

Hannes Hausbichler, the head of the Men Party, welcomes the change of the law in favour of unmarried fathers but doubts that in practise it will make much difference to the courts and administrative offices.

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