SA's Maintenance Act is too loosely written - expert

Matrimonial attorney and senior partner at Theron's Divorce & Matrimonial Attorneys, Shando Theron, says the Maintenance Act is 'loosely written and badly implemented'.

Theron says people feel traumatised when they need to go through the maintenance process in court, because the system is difficult to navigate.

What we need to do, we need to move away from principles such as fairness towards percentages.

Shando Theron,matrimonial attorney

He made a comparison to the New Zealand Act and others around the world.

If you look at how they do it in other parts of the world, they have a very simple thing. If you have a 12-year-old boy in a private school, you would put 12% of your income and that is the minimum.

Shando Theron,matrimonial attorney

The process needs to be administered by Sars. You as the parent, the maintenance you pay is part of the tax bill and Sars sends the amount to the other parent.

Shando Theron,matrimonial attorney

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