Maintenance is an issue that binds two people long after their relationship has ended.
In an effort to provide for their children, estranged parents often find themselves battling in court for the finances necessary to feed, clothe, house and care for children they created when they were together.
Local law is clear, and provides for the child, but in reality many fall through the cracks.
In an effort to help parent's struggling with maintenance issues, Parent24 is speaking to legal professionals and experts to outline the law on maintenance, and provide some insight into this often contentious issue.
Do you have a legal question you need help with? Share your questions via email at email@example.com and we may speak to a legal professional on your behalf. Anonymous contributions are welcome.
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The court has granted permission for network providers to trace the parents responsible for paying maintenance if they're untraceable through other means.
An attorney explains how - exactly - a parent must go about claiming maintenance money.
Maintenance includes the day to day living expenses such as the provision of board and lodging, food and clothing and also medical care and schooling.
The South African Courts take an extremely dim view of parents who fail to make payment of maintenance, and default in respect of maintenance orders.
The law provides that a parent's duty to maintain a child shall terminate when the child becomes self-supporting, is adopted or dies while they were still a dependent.
This parent wants sole custody of the child, we ask an advocate for advice on termination or separation of a parent's right and responsibility towards a minor
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We answer this reader who asked for legal advice on what she should do with regards to a title deed that was fraudulently transferred that belongs to her mother.
The Constitutional Court has upheld the prohibition against appealing interim maintenance orders, pending divorce proceedings.
This grandmother won the court case to benefit from the estate of a child that she looked after instead of the real father
This reader seeks advice as to whether a child can be denied maintenance if the child was unwanted
This reader wants to know how he can trace the father of her child who stopped paying maintenance in March 2020 and whose number is changed, our Attorney gives her advice.
This reader has been supporting a child for years but only discovered now that the child he has been supporting is not his child, now he wants to know how much should he claim for the 16 years he has been paying maintenance.
This father mailed us with a custody question, we asked a family mediator for advice
This mom seeks advice about how to go about reestablishing her relationship with her grandchild without going the legal route
This dad had a question about Maintenance, so we asked the local lawyer for insights
This reader wrote to Parent24, concerned that her child's father had ghosted her, leaving her with the baby- and the bills.
This aunt wrote to us, concerned that her niece's mother is going to come knocking for handout
He asks Parent24, what his responsibilities are towards her, and what he can do to get his family back to normal
A forty-one-year-old woman asks if she can claim maintenance money from the father who left her many years ago.
The child’s duty to support a parent arises in circumstances where the parent is indigent and is unable to support themselves, but subject to the rule that support must be claimed from nearer relatives first.
What happens when a non-custodial parent threatens to default on maintenance payments and leave the country?
What chance do I have of forcing her two sons, who both have good jobs and upper-middle-class lifestyles to finally start contributing to her monthly support?
How can the law help a parent to see their children when one parent refuses access?
Where does the law and child's rights stand in cases involving a deceased estate?
This women does not know who the father is, founder of Child Maintenance difficulties South Africa offers some advice
This women is struggling to get his ex to pay maintenance of their child, a family mediator is asked for advise
It's no secret that some parents dodge their obligations, but in the case of 'papgeld' the law protects kids first and foremost. We hear from a local dad, and a magistrate weighs in on the legalities of how maintenance money is spent.
"Divorce is ugly and people get hurt all the time. I just wish that all parents would accept the responsibility that they have to the children that they have produced and those children should come first."
"The reality is that society is quick to believe claims by those, like my ex, who love telling the story of how she was bullied out of her children, how she was kept away. And nothing could be further from the truth."
"It causes great distress to be in a position where you work hard and do everything humanly possible to support your children and the defaulting party can do whatever they like."
"My heart breaks for these children who now are forced to face the future without the guidance of a father who so desperately wants to be part of their lives."
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