Children Maintenance

What is 
Child Maintenance?

Except where an agreement or order of court otherwise provides, it shall be the duty of a parent to maintain or contribute to the maintenance of his or her children, whether they are in his or her custody or the custody of any other person, either by providing them with such accommodation, clothing, food and education as may be reasonable having regard to his or her means and station in life or by paying the cost thereof.

Duration of
Child Maintenance

A duty to maintain a child's maintenance is upon her or her attaining the age of 18 years old or upon cessation of any disability.

Section 95 of the LRA was amended with effect from 15.12.2018 by the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce)(Amendment) Act 2017 (Act A1546) whereby the period of payment of maintenance for a child who is pursuing higher education or training, was extended to the completion of the child’s high education or training. 

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Who shall be responsible to pay for
Child Maintenance?

 

 

The primary duty to maintain a child's maintenance is the father but the court has corresponding power to order a mother to share the responsibility.

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