Many parents who receive child maintenance now sees the lockdown as a reason for the money being cut or reduced, says the legal advice consultancy, Our Lawyers.
“Parents cannot unilaterally decide to reduce maintenance and getting a court to revise your maintenance order may not be possible until after the lockdown,” says Muhammad Abduroaf of legal advice consultancy.
According to Abduroaf, parents who claims that they cannot pay maintenance any longer, will have to prove to the court that they had no income, were unable to access any loans or did not have any assets to sell.
The Child Maintenance Difficulties South African group (CMDSA) says each region in the country determines how their courts function even though courts have been designated under essential services.
Abduroaf says although parents can lodge complaints regarding maintenance during the lockdown, there is however no way to know how quickly those cases would be heard or when a ruling might be made.