Hurdles remain, but our child support system has improved

One never finds an article that is positive about the government in the Mail & Guardian, so it wasn’t a surprise that last week’s article on the amendments to the Maintenance Act had to have a negative spin (Maintenance courts fail SA’s children).

Yes, some claimants do still experience problems, but much has been done to improve the maintenance system.

It performs two functions. First, it adopts a discretionary approach towards determining the maintenance amount. This is necessary because every case is unique and maintenance has to be determined by a presiding officer following a financial inquiry, which is wholly dependent on the availability of reliable information.

A significant challenge we face is that many parents misrepresent their true financial position, thus adversely affecting the fairness of maintenance awards and the ability of the system to recover arrears.

Read it at the M&G.

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