Shirné Grobler obtained both her BComm (Law) and LLB degrees from the University of Stellenbosch. She is an admitted Attorney, Notary Public and Conveyancer and an attorney with right of appearance in the High Court of South Africa. She works in STBB’s Cape Town litigation department as a Director, specializing in Family and Divorce Law, deceased estate litigation and general litigation.

Thought of the Week | Harder times for maintenance defaulters

On 5 January 2018 certain important amendments to the Maintenance Act became operational. These sections introduce stricter measures against maintenance defaulters.

One of the amendments authorises the courts to direct electronic communications service providers, such as Vodacom, MTN, Cell C or Telkom, to furnish the courts with the contact information of the maintenance defaulter where the person cannot be located. In addition, if the complainant (the person applying to court on the basis that a maintenance payment was overdue) cannot afford the cost of the application to the service provider, the costs may be funded by the State. The court may also order the defaulter to refund such costs to the State.

Furthermore, it is now possible for the maintenance officer to furnish the defaulter’s personal particulars to credit bureaus in order for the defaulter to be blacklisted.

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