Our expert says:
Family law expert
Both parents have a legal duty and obligation to maintain the minor (minor means a child under 18) biological child born of their marriage. Maintenance must be paid according to what the respective income of each party is. The court will look at various factors such as the age of each child, the state of health of the child and educational needs of each child in order to arrive at a conclusion on how much maintenance is payable.
Calculating the maintenance payable for purposes of divorce is relatively simple. Start at the actual costs of raising a child then split that between both parents according to what they both earn.
Child costs - R2000 a month
Father earns R6000 a month
Mother earns R4000 a month
The father then pays 60% and mother 40% towards the monthly expenses.
The father pays R1200 a month and the mother R800 a month in that scenario.
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