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Is your family poor, middle class or rich? Take this test and find out

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

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ConCourt makes significant interim maintenance ruling on divorce proceedings

The Constitutional Court has upheld the prohibition against appealing interim maintenance orders, pending divorce proceedings.

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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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'I totally understand why some fathers give up': One parent's custody experience

"... the feeling of being so helpless is one just a father with this battle can understand." A dad shares his experience of fighting for his two children.

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Can I force my mother-in-law’s sons to support her financially? A legal expert responds

'Children have a moral and ethical responsibility to share in the care of their parents. But morals and ethics can't be enforced by courts!"

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A grown son asks if he can legally be made to support his mother financially – a legal expert responds

"My mother wants maintenance from me and I am unable to help her due to my financial situation. She is taking me to court, and I don’t see how I can afford any more financial commitment."

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'The mother refuses me access to my child. What can I do to ensure that I play a rightful role in my daughter's upbringing?' An expert assists

How can the law help a parent to see their children when one parent refuses access? Sinta Ebersohn, a local divorce mentor, answers our reader's question.

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'That's what we as men are expected to do': Reader's defend teen boy suing mom for maintenance money

Our readers make equally rational cases as to whether or not a teen suing his mom for maintenance money is ridiculous or fair but the real question is, "Who is paying his legal fees?"

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'Can I recoup the maintenance money my father never paid my mother?' A legal expert responds

A forty-one-year-old woman asks if she can claim maintenance money from the father who left her many years ago.

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A dad-to-be misses the implementation of the new parental leave laws by a few days. Can he claim them back?

Confusion as to when the provisions of the Labour Laws Amendment Act (LLAA) and the UI Amendment Act will come into effect has caused some parents to question their parental leave rights.

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When exactly will the new parental, adoption and surrogacy benefits kick in?

There has been significant confusion as to when the provisions of the Labour Laws Amendment Act (LLAA) and the UI Amendment Act - in respect of parental, adoption and commissioning parental leave – will take effect.

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Teen suing mom for maintenance money? We have a lot of questions. Number one: How dare you?

19-year-old student, Thomas, is taking his mother to court for maintenance money to the value of R14 655 a month.

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What happens to teens who have "graduated" from receiving the child support grant?

The lack of support services to complement the child support grant undermines the childhood gains of the grant, and keeps young people stuck in poverty, explains Associate professor and University of Johannesburg researcher, Lauren Graham.

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New law raises minimum age of criminal capacity in children from 10 to 12 years old

Adjustments to the Child Justice Amendment Bill will see an increase in the minimum age of criminal capacity in children from 10 to 12 years old.

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Novartis introduces pioneering equal parental leave policy in South Africa

Both mom and dad are getting paid parental leave if they work at Novartis! "This policy strives to make our workplace more inclusive by supporting our employees through the different stages of their lives and empowering them to make the best choices for the health and well-being of their families,” explains CEO at Novartis South Africa, Mo Kadwa.

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"I fell pregnant as the result of adultery. Now the biological father ran away. Do I have a right to take him to court for maintenance?"

What does the law say in dealing with maintenance disputes when one father doesn't know the child is not biologically his? Luzanne Kinnear, a legal professional at Law for All, answers our reader's sensitive question.

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Children's Act "toothless and ineffective": The NCPD says it's time to redress the imbalance

Although the Children's Act does make mention of children with disabilities, these are brief and inadequate, and hardly in line with the magnitude of their vulnerability, says the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD).

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Reader shares heartbreaking story of parental alienation

"At the moment he has not seen his children for close on two years. They have probably outgrown the toys that litter his garage. The two puppies that they chose at the animal shelter are grown dogs by now."

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You need to know that this is what your children are searching for online

Spoiler: It's not just videos and games, it's also - increasingly - pornography.

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Our daughter just told us she is pregnant! What do we do now?

From the initial shock to schooling options and what to do if your child is not ready for motherhood, Law for All breaks down everything a parent needs to know for protecting and empowering their teen.

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Chemical castration now a punishment for convicted sex offenders in the US

"If we do something of this nature it would deter something like this happening.” Chemical castration has been signed into law as a suitable punishment for the sexual abuse of children younger than 13 in the US.

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'I used to scream and shout, now I speak calmly': Why social grants need to be supplemented by family intervention programmes

Psycho-educational intervention based family programmes, like pilot project Sihleng’imizi in Johannesburg, has proven to be beneficial for disadvantaged families, highlighting the gaps left by social grants.

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Parental alienation has officially been recognised by WHO, but it's been a violation of SA children’s rights since 2005

On 25 May the World Health Organisation officially updated the eleventh International Classification of Diseases (ICD) to include parental alienation. But the very idea of alienating a child from one of their parents has always been in violation of a child's rights in South Africa. We take a deeper look.

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"He loves his daughters and will do anything for them": Maintenance is messy, but it doesn't have to be

"Divorce is ugly and people get hurt all the time. I just wish that all parents would accept the responsibility that they have to the children that they have produced and those children should come first." A reader shares both her own and her husband's experience with paying maintenance.
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