Getting a maintenance order
As parents we have a legal duty to financially support our children.
If you are the primary caregiver of a child, you have the right to apply to a maintenance court for an official demand that the other parent contribute monthly to the support of the child.
If the child is not living with the mother or the father, the person who is looking after the child can also apply for maintenance costs from the parents. For example, if a child is living with their grandparents, they 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.
Important steps to follow
Your view of the other parent's behaviour has no effect on your children's right to maintenance. You still have to pay maintenance, even if the other parent
How long will child maintenance be paid?
The duty to pay maintenance continues regardless of your child’s age, and lasts until the child is self-supporting, adopted or has died.
Applying for a maintenance order is free.
Forms to complete
All forms are available from the National Department of Justice and Constitutional Development.
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