How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask JW Fourie Your Own Question
JW Fourie
JW Fourie, Attorney
Category: South Africa Law
Satisfied Customers: 15603
Experience:  L.LB (UOVS)
32244620
Type Your South Africa Law Question Here...
JW Fourie is online now

Please advise what is the legal age /requirement that parent

Resolved Question:

Please advise what is the legal age /requirement that parent needs to pay maintenance for a child, is this eighteen year of age?
thanks
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: South Africa Law
Expert:  JW Fourie replied 2 years ago.
Good AfternoonDoes your question relate to South African Law or UK Law?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

It is for South African law

Expert:  JW Fourie replied 2 years ago.
The Children's Act (which basically codified the Common Law principles) state that you are responsible for maintenance until the child becomes self supportive. So, there is not a set age, but the test is rather whether the child is self supportive.I hope this helps you a little bit, but if you have follow up questions before you rate, feel free to ask them at no extra cost. If you are satisfied with the service, kindly rate it positively.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

thank you. what if the child wishes to go to university for several years and you are unable to afford this and their lifestyle to relocate? do you have an obligation to pay this. What if they chose never to get a job? you will need to continue to pay for this childs lifestyle until they are 25?

Expert:  JW Fourie replied 2 years ago.
A court will not force you to pay something that you cannot afford. A court will also not force you to continue to pay where the child clearly has the ability to become self sufficient but decides not to. So, if you cannot afford university fees, provided that the reason you cannot afford it is not because you hold a lavish lifestyle, then the court will not force you to pay university fees. Remember that the other parent also carries the same responsibilities as you, in proportion to your respective incomes.
JW Fourie and other South Africa Law Specialists are ready to help you