Maintenance – The Basics

It is the legal obligation of both biological parents of a child to pay maintenance. 

Whether born in or out of wedlock, a parent cannot escape their obligation to bear the cost for the proper living and upbringing of their child.

Maintenance covers the financial expenses of a child who is not self-supporting and includes the cost of food, clothing, accommodation, medical care and education.

The amount of maintenance will depend on the family’s standard of living and is determined according to the reasonable needs of the child, the duty of the parents to support the child as well as the both parent’s financial means and ability to pay maintenance.

An application for maintenance can be made by either parent or legal guardian of a child at any local Magistrates Court in the area where the child resides.