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Family Law

CHILD MAINTENANCE

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE TO PAY TOWARDS CHILD MAINTENANCE?

The duty to pay towards chid maintenance rests on both parents of the child according to the means of each parent

CAN A PARENT WITHOLD CHILD MAINTENANCE IF HE/SHE DOES NOT HAVE CONTACT WITH THE CHILD?

No. Paying towards child maintenance and not having any contact with the child is two separate matters. A parent is not entitled to stop contributing towards child maintenance if for example he/she remarries, or if he/she is not allowed any contact with the child.

WHAT HAPPENS IF A PARENT DOES NOT PAY CHILD MAINTENANCE?

Failure and/or refusal to make payment in accordance with the Divorce Settlement Agreement and/or Maintenance Agreement, which is an order of court, you are guilty of a criminal offence and you can be liable to pay a fine as ordered by the court, or alternatively the court can order you to a period of imprisonment.

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Family Law

ANTENUPTIAL AGREEMENT

What is the purpose of an Antenuptial Agreement?

To ensure the terms and conditions of the financial aspects of the parties to the marriage are agreed to between the parties before entering into the marriage.

What are the different marital regimes?

When getting married, the financial position of the parties can be determined by one of the following three marital regimes:

Married in Community of Property. (He’s is her’s and her’s is he’s)

Married out of Community of Property with the exclusion of the accrual system. (He’s stay he’s and her’s stay her’s)

Married out of Community of Property with the inclusion of the accrual system. (He’s stay he’s and her’s stay her’s, but at a divorce the party whose estate grew the most, has to pay the other party)

What are the consequences of not having an Antenuptial Agreement?

Should you enter into a marriage without having signed and executed an Antenuptial Contract before a Notary, you will by default be married to each other IN Community of Property.

Therefore both parties’ separate estates, which include both assets and liabilities, will become one estate after the marriage is concluded. This is not ideal in our times. A party is then not protected against the other party’ insolvency or creditors.

There is an old saying which describes this situation perfectly “what is yours is mine, and what is mine is yours”