How much Maintenance will the Children receive?

Posted under News Updates on 11 March 2016
  • • Parents have a duty to maintain or contribute to the maintenance of their children (e.g. reasonable cost of accommodation, clothing, food and education)
    • This duty exists regardless of:
      • Whom the children are in the custody of
      • Whether the children are legitimate or illegitimate
    • A parent must maintain a stepchild if the child was accepted as a member of the parent’s family and where the child’s biological parents do not provide full maintenance
    • Maintenance can be paid by giving a monthly allowance or making a lump sum payment
    • The amount of maintenance will be decided by the Court after considering the following factors:
      • Financial needs of the child
      • Income, earning capacity, property and other financial resources of both the child and parents
        • Ratio of total earning income of both parents (i.e. the financially stronger parent generally pays more)
      • Any physical or mental disability of the child
      • Age of each parent and the duration of the marriage
      • Contributions made by each of the parties to the marriage to the welfare of the family, including any contribution made by looking after the home or caring for the family
      • Standard of living enjoyed by the wife or child before the parent neglected or refused to provide reasonable maintenance for the child
      • How the child was already being educated and how the parents expected him to continue to be educated
      • Conduct of the parties
    • The Court can revise any agreement made between the parents relating to the child’s maintenance

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