Shirné Grobler obtained both her BComm (Law) and LLB degrees from the University of Stellenbosch and completed her articles at STBB. She is an admitted Attorney, Notary Public and Conveyancer. She works in STBB's Cape Town litigation department, specializing in Family and Divorce Law. Shirné consults from our Cape Town and Blouberg office.

Thought of the Week | Calculating The Amount Of Child Maintenance

In our law, both parents have a duty to support their child. This duty encompasses direct and indirect costs and includes educational and medical expenses, food, transport, clothing and accommodation.

But how is an amount arrived at? The amount of the maintenance is determined with reference to the parents’ financial circumstances as well as the reasonable needs of the child.

The Maintenance Act creates a platform for one parent to apply for a maintenance order against the other to enable the first mentioned parent to contribute appropriately towards their child’s expenses.

Contact us on info@stbb.co.za should you require assistance in any disputed maintenance claims.