Our expert says:
Family law expert
The maintenance court or the maintenance officer at court will help in working out how much money should be paid as maintenance. Both parents will need to fill in an income and expenditure form in order for the magistrate to make his ruling. Usually, the court first works out how much the children need for their maintenance (i.e., to provide them with food, shelter, clothes, and so on). The court can order that the child’s medical costs be paid by one or both parents or that the child be registered as a dependent on one of the parent’s medical aids. The court will then see that each parent makes a fair contribution to those needs, usually by requiring them to contribute in proportion to their respective incomes. The level of maintenance is usually determined by the standard of living of both the parents and their social standing in the community.
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