Question posted in the Family Law category relating to Western Cape
Hi,My question is about child maintenance.
My 2 kids stay with me weekends (from Friday to Monday), public holidays and school holidays. I provide them with what they need when they need it including school fees. Is it necessary for me to still pay maintenance?
Answer to the Question
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Yes, unfortunately, you are required to maintain your kids. If they lived with you for exactly 50% of the time, and assuming that you and your ex-wife earn the same, then you shouldn't pay maintenance at all, assuming that both parties were paying 50% of schooling, food, clothes, etc.
But if you guys earn differently, and because they are only with you 3 nights and their mom for 4 nights, and because schooling and clothes need to be taken into account, you might still need to pay some maintenance - but it can't be all that much.
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