Maintenance is in the Best Interests of the Child

Every child has the right to basic necessities such as:

  1. food
  2. shelter
  3. clothing
  4. medical care
  5. schooling

Children should get these basic needs from their parents or relatives. This support given by parents or relatives is called maintenance.

Parents or relatives maintain children directly, when the child lives with them.

Parents or relatives maintain children indirectly, when the child lives with someone else, by paying maintenance, or money to support the child and provide his or her basic needs.

The content on this page was last updated on 15 March 2014