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02 Dec 2004

Child maintenance - advise pls!
I know this is probably not the right forum for my question, but I don't know where to ask.

I got divorced 4 yrs ago. At the time my ex was unemployed and I tried to help by informing the court that I would temporarily give up my right to child maintenance until he can find a job. The court granted my request on the condition that he find employment of some sort within 3 mnths and then start paying a monthly amount of R400. Immediately after the divorce he moved to Namibia. Later I found out that he was already employed in Nam at the time of the divorce. For 2 years he completely disappeared and we had no contact, and of course, no child maintenance was paid. He made contact with my son 2 weeks ago. Apparently he is still in Nam and still employed by the same company.

I understand that there is no legal way to force him to pay child maintenance as long as he is living in Namibia. I do not want to "ruin his financial stability", as he put it. I simply want his financial support in raising his son. I have been doing it all on my own for the past 4 years and really had to struggle to make ends meet. My son is going to Gr 8 next year and the financial burden of new school clothes, books, etc. is killing me.

Is there anything I can do? Any advise will be appreciated!
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

Welcome, Lindi ! Specifics of Child Maintenance are not my personal area of expertise, but the forum is generally helpful here, as many of our readers have considerable expertise in that field !
OK< so he lied to you ( ? also to the court or on papers sent to the court ? ) about being unemployed when he was actually employed ? That could be perjury, and certainly should annoy any Court. I think Mona's right that simply by going to Namibia shouldn't allow the squirt to evade his responsibilities, and that the court could request a namibian Court to uphold the decision, and take note of the fact that he entered Namibia as a tactic to avoid paying his debts ( the namibian authorities might be interested in that too, if he hasn't got, or only recently got, permission to say permanently there ). And the company has a presence in SA, too, which should help.
DOn't geel guilty about pursuing this matter --- he owes it to you and to his child.
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