Here are some helpful answers to common questions regarding the paying of child maintenance.
- Who has a duty to pay maintenance?
- Parents, whether married, living together, separated, or divorced and parents of adopted children, are required to support the financial needs of their children.
- The grandparents may need to pay maintenance, if the child’s parents were married.
- Identification of both parents and their whereabouts are thus vitally important in a claim for maintenance.
- If you don’t know the whereabouts of the child's other parent, maintenance investigators can trace them and determine their financial capabilities.
- Why should I pay maintenance?
- Known as the “duty to maintain” or the “duty to support”, all parents have the responsibility to ensure that their children have access to basic necessities such as:
- Medical care
- How are payments made?
- At the local magistrate's office and designated government offices.
- To the bank or building society account designated by the person concerned.
- Directly to the person entitled to the money.
- By means of deducting the money from the person’s salary, in accordance with the Maintenance Act, 1998.
- What documents needs to support the application and where must I take it?
- Visit the nearest magistrates’ court to apply for child maintenance and take the following documents
- Birth certificate of your child/children.
- Your identity document.
- Proof of residence.
- A divorce settlement.
- Complete and submit form A.
- Proof of your monthly income and expenses.
- The personal details of the parent required to pay maintenance such as their name, surname physical and work address.
- Copy of your bank statement.
Should you need any assistance with instituting or defending your matter, please contact our office as soon as possible to arrange an appointment.