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#MaintenanceMatters: Everything you need to know about child maintenance

When must a parent start paying maintenance? How much maintenance money must a parent pay? What happens if a parent stops paying their maintenance order? We answer these, and more, maintenance questions.

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Eastern Cape High Court declares new school admission policy unconstitutional

Eastern Cape children who were prevented from attending school because they do not have identity documents won an important victory in the Makhanda High Court in December.

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Unmarried parent? Know your rights

It’s important to know where you stand with South Africa’s Children’s Act, especially if you’re not married. Both parents have certain rights and obligations, and familiarising yourself with the basics could save you a great deal of trouble.

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I live in South Africa illegally but I have a five-year-old child who is a South African citizen. What can I do to secure my status?

"I have lived in South Africa since 2006, albeit illegally. Since 2012, me and my South African girlfriend have cohabited and we have a five-year-old son. I did a DNA test for Home Affairs to give him my surname. Is there anything I can do to fix my status?"

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Wage rights for domestic workers and nannies: Here's the law

Nannies and domestic workers should know their wage rights.

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How can I get Home Affairs to process my divorce quicker?

My attempts to contact people in the Department of Home Affairs to help me get my status updated have not succeeded. I am truly fed up with Home Affairs and need assistance. My fiancé and I cannot get married as long as this is hanging in the air.

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Are you paying your nanny a living wage? Probably not

If you're paying your employee the national minimum wage, or even a little above, you may not actually be paying her enough to get by.

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How can a parent avoid paying maintenance?

The duty of maintenance begins when the biological father of the child acknowledges that he is the father

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'My child's school handed me over to a debt collector. What can I do?'

"I went to the school to sort out the matter. But the school said it can only transfer the money back into my account so that I can pay debt collectors directly. I refused and now they have blacklisted me."

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OPINION: Are children ever illegitimate, and isn't it time to dump this outdated term for good?

As eye catching as that Black Coffee headline is, the fact that the children's parents aren't married isn't the actual scoop here.

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Immigrant child barred from school for lack of documents

School’s action directly contradicts instructions of ministers of Home Affairs and of Basic Education.

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How to ensure a disabled dependant is taken care of when you're no longer around

Alex Simeonides, the CEO of Capital Legacy CEO, explains what steps you can take to ensure your dependent is financially provided for when you are no longer around.

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'Three babies in one year': How many days paternity leave can one dad have in a year?

A legal experts shares knowledge on what is apparently a common question.

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Paternity leave benefits don't apply to SANDF employees

The Basic Conditions of Employment Act doesn't apply to the SANDF, National Intelligence Agency or the Secret Service.

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Research finds South African men spend childcare grants wisely

The evidence shows that men are capable of parenting and wouldn’t necessarily spend the grant money any differently than women would.

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'A national crisis': Local NPO launches campaign advocating for change to the Maintenance Courts

Child support is a national crisis. In South Africa over 52% of children grow up without financial support from both parents.

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Meet the single mom shining a spotlight on child maintenance and financial abuse issues in South Africa

Felicity Guest founded an NPO called Child Maintenance Difficulties in South Africa (CMDSA), which sprung from a Facebook group she created based on her frustrations at holding her former husband liable for the maintenance of their children.

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How SA women can take back their power through financial independence

"Do not leave or delegate financial decisions to a partner," a financial expert warns.

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Is your family poor, middle class or rich? Find out here

SALDRU’s research finds that 50% of South Africans are chronically poor.

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Pregnant and facing retrenchment: What are my rights?

Pregnancy can be immensely stressful, so the last thing you want to be dealing with is impending retrenchment.

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Who is ultimately responsible for child maintenance?

Apart from the child becoming self-supporting, the duty to support shall terminate upon the child’s death, when the child gets married or is adopted.

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How to get child maintenance from a deceased estate

A concerned parent mailed us a complicated query, so we reached out to legal professionals for help.
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