Our expert says:
Family law expert
A magistrate of the maintenance court can make an order for payment to the child’s mother, of money, plus interest, for:
- The mother’s expenses for the child’s birth; and
- Expenses relating to the child’s maintenance from the date of birth until the date of the inquiry.
Parents have a duty to provide for their children depending on their ability. If a parent does not live with a child, there is a legal duty to pay money to provide for the needs of the child.
Maintenance is the support (money) given by the person(s) held responsible to help provide food, shelter, clothing, medical care and schooling regardless of the nature of the relationship.
The amount of maintenance that can be expected depends on the social status of the family, their income and the cost of living.
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