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Posted by: JM | 2010/02/01

Calculation of kids portion for maintenance court

Please advise on calculation of kids portion of all household expenses for court. If the kids are young, is the equation 50% for the kids (x2) and 50% mother - or are the expenses divived by the 3 of us?

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Take the actual costs of raising the child and split it between the two parents according to what they both earn. If the child costs, say R2000 a month to raise and the father earns R6000 a month and the mother R4000, the will father pay 60% and mother 40% of the monthly expenses. The father will therefore pay R1200 a month and the mother R800 a month.

Bertus Preller
www.divorceattorney.co.za

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Posted by: michelle | 2010/03/02

In my case I am not working and currently studying part time and looking for a job,we are not married.I am 20 and BF 24 and he is working full time.I am living with my parents and BF have agreed to only pay for creche( R 650pm) fees as my son is attending creche and I am job hunting.

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Posted by: Family law expert | 2010/02/02

Take the actual costs of raising the child and split it between the two parents according to what they both earn. If the child costs, say R2000 a month to raise and the father earns R6000 a month and the mother R4000, the will father pay 60% and mother 40% of the monthly expenses. The father will therefore pay R1200 a month and the mother R800 a month.

Bertus Preller
www.divorceattorney.co.za

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