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.