Jaxa gives up her kids in papgeld wrangle

2013-12-29 10:00

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Madam & Eve actress Tina Jaxa has surrendered custody of her two children to one of her former partners in a huff after their papgeld battle reached a deadlock.

The former Generations actress allegedly removed the children from their schools in Cape Town, where she lived with them, and drove them to their father’s house in Mpumalanga.

Jaxa won custody of the children when she separated from the businessman?–who may not be named to protect the children’s identities?– about 10 years ago.

He agreed to pay R3?000 maintenance for each child.

Jaxa filed a maintenance suit at a court in Cape Town after the businessman allegedly defaulted on maintenance.

He was eventually arrested while visiting Cape Town after several warrants for his arrests were issued and he failed to appear in court.

A friend of the former couple said that Jaxa relinquished custody of the children in frustration at the businessman’s failure to pay maintenance for them.

A friend told City Press: “It was never an easy decision for her. She underwent counselling and spoke to psychologists before taking the kids to him especially because [moving them] had the potential to disrupt their academic programme.

“But she had to do what she did because it was in the best interest of the kids. This man thought that she wanted to spend the money on other people, that is why he only sent her money whenever he wanted to,” the friend added.

Jaxa confirmed that she had surrendered custody of her kids to their father.

“It was a hard decision to make, but it was in the best interest of my kids. I have consulted social workers and psychologists about this matter and I’m happy I made that decision,” she said.

Jaxa also cited her tight work schedule as one of the reasons she had sent the children to live with their father.

“I have new bosses now and I work odd hours,” she said.

She also said that although her children were living with their father, she would not drop the suit against him.

“He still owes me,” she said.

The businessman confirmed that Jaxa had given him custody of the children, but was surprised that she was still suing him for maintenance.

“I had to find a school for the kids because she gave them to me after the middle of the year.

“They have done well at school given the circumstances. But what bothers me is that she is still suing me for maintenance even though the kids are living with me,” he said.

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