Our expert says:
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To determine the child’s costs, the starting point in allocating expenses is to allocate those expenses that do not relate only to the child as to 1/3 for the child and 2/3 for the parent
The principle of proportionality - if the income of both parents is equal, each parent will contribute 50% towards the needs of the minor children. When calculating the actual expenditure in respect of the children, the current income of both parents are taken into account and the principle of proportionality is applied to it.
The monthly contribution amount for each parent will be determined by using a formula.
An example of the formula follows:
Children's Costs= R 12000
Father's net income R 24 000
Mother's net income R 8 000
Nett total income R 32 000
Father's pro rata portion R 24 000
R 32 000 = 75% which equals R9 000
Mother's pro rata portion R 8 000
R 32 000 = 25% which equals R3 000
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