Maintenance orders are directed at the enforcement of the common law duty to support a child and provide for a proper living and upbringing. In terms of Section 15 of the Maintenance Act 99 of 1998 parents have a duty to maintain and support children who are “unable to support themselves.” In terms of the […]
It is not uncommon for people in South Africa to find themselves trapped in an abusive relationship. Children are often the victims of domestic violence either directly, or indirectly by being a witness to the abuse which can have a dire and lasting impact on them.
Yes! Both parents of a child have an obligation to pay for pregnancy related expenses, which are called lying-in expenses, pro-rata according to their means.
By Shereen Volks, Head of Divorce & Family Law, STBB | Smith Tabata Buchanan Boyes Modern families turn gender stereotypes on their heads. Parents share the care and upbringing of their children in radically different ways to that of even one generation ago. Relationships between parents also break down more readily. People no longer stay […]
By Shereen Volks, Head of Divorce & Family Law, STBB | Smith Tabata Buchanan Boyes The question of whether parents should be allowed to chastise their children has been a heavily debated topic over the past couple of years. In terms of South African common law, parents were allowed to chastise their children, provided that […]