Our expert says:
Family law expert
Deciding how much maintenance should be paid is, theoretically, simple. A court will look at the reasonable financial needs of the children involved, bearing in mind the family’s pre-divorce standard of living; then, each parent must provide for the children according to his or her means (what he or she earns and spends) on a pro-rata (proportional) basis. Maintenance calculation is easy. All the child's expenses are added up (portion of the rent, food, electricity, maid, clothes, school, medical, extra-mural activities, etc). If it is mom and 1 child, the child's portion is half of everything. This amount is then shared between the mother and the father in proportion to what they earn. I.e if the father earns R10 000 and mom earns R5000, the father will pay 2/3 and mother will pay 1/3. School fees, extra-mural activities and medical expenses are usually stipulated separately as to who will pay what portion.
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