Getting a Maintenance Order
Parents have a legal duty to support their children. The parent who is the primary caregiver of the child has a right to apply to a Maintenance Court for an official demand that the other parent pay support.
If the children are not living with the mother or the father, the person who is looking after them can also apply for maintenance from the parents. For example, if a child is living with their grandparents, the grandparents can apply to get maintenance from the father and the mother of the child.
Once there is a court order instructing a parent to pay child support, it is a criminal offence not to pay.
There are special Maintenance Courts at every Magistrates' Court. Maintenance officers work in these courts and help people who want to apply for maintenance. They also deal with applications to increase or reduce maintenance payments.
Steps to Follow:
The court can order maintenance money to be paid in one of the following ways:
For more information, contact a maintenance officer at your local Magistrates' Court.
Forms to Complete:
These facility categories:
|Government Body:||(The Government of South Africa)|