(LL01-2024) Things you and complainants should know before applying for child maintenance


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• The legislation that deals with child maintenance (short overview)
• The common law of duty of support and who needs to support
• The different forms of maintenance (child maintenance of minor children, major children and spousal maintenance)
• The requirements for the existence of duty of support of children
• Who can be described as a “child”?
• Claiming maintenance from parents, grandparents, brothers & sisters, uncles & aunties, step-parents)
• The need for maintenance and the means to pay maintenance
• Short overview of the maintenance application procedure (this will be discussed in depth in future webinars)
• General information that you need to know before you claim maintenance
This section contains pre-reading material that you should read through at your leisure before the webinar.  The webinar handout you would find on the next tab – we suggest that you download and print the handout / webinar material before the start of the webinar as we will be referring to sections in the handout during the course of the webinar.


• Pre-reading material: Things you should know before you apply for child maintenance 
• Blank J101 application form  
• Bannatyne v Bannatyne and Another (CCT18/02) [2002] ZACC 31; 2003 (2) BCLR 111 ; 2003 (2) SA 363 (CC) (20 December 2002) 

This section contains the slideshow (if used), webinar handout and important resources that we will be referring back to during the webinar. Please download and print these before the start of the webinar or have them available electronically to enhance your learning experience.


• Maintenance Act, Act 99 of 1989

• Regulations Maintenance Act 99/1989

• Extract: Codified Instructions Code Family Court Maintenance 26 of 2015

• Case law: Z v Z (556-2021) [2022] ZASCA 113 (21 July 2022)

• Handout: Things you should know before you apply for child maintenance

• Presentation slides: Things you should know before you apply for child maintenance

Below are a couple of questions to self-test your knowledge. You can complete the form below with your details and answer the questions and you will be sent the correct answers together with explanations within 3 minutes to your email address.


1. According to South African legislation, which of the following Acts deals with child maintenance?
2. What is the primary purpose of a maintenance order according to Section 15 of the Maintenance Act?
3. According to the common law, who is obligated to support children?
4. Who can be described as a "child" according to South African law?
5. In what circumstances are grandparents obligated to support their grandchildren?
6. Is there a legal duty of support between heterosexual cohabitees in Southern African Law?
7. When does a parent's duty to support a child typically end?
8. Can a normal maintenance court change or vary an order issued by the High Court?

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If you have any enquiries / questions relating to this module or wish to make an appointment for a consultation (online or in person in Cape Town) with a specialist maintenance attorney, please send us an email using this form and one of our panel of attorneys will respond as soon as possible.