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30 May 2011

Why wait so long
My live in partner has a child of 16 years. He pays schools, sees to clothes and cellphone as well as transport. as well as gives her money when she asks, which is every week. The mother now says that he owes her 10 years maintenance. lol... Can the court question the fact of why she waited so long to report arrears. Just asking? Please respond.
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01 Jan 0001

It all depends whether there is in fact a court order. If there is a court order and he did not pay in terms of that order then obviously he will be in contempt. If there is no court order in place, then obviously she has no claim. A court order can't be varied between the parties, unless it was made an order of court.

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