A 35 year-old, Amos Twala from Legonyane appeared in the Brits Magistrates Court due to skipping two consecutive months for not paying child maintenance for his two sons between the ages of 3 – 10 years.
Amos find himself in hot water and had to face with the magistrate who could not feel any remorse and penalised him for child neglect and failing to pay child maintenance as agreed in the court of law. Child maintenance is about providing help with a child’s everyday living costs. This includes things like food and clothes, and helping to provide a home for your child or children. Child maintenance is usually money that the parent without the main day-to-day care of a child pays to the other parent.
However, sharing the care of your children and buying things directly for them can also be included in a family-based child maintenance arrangement, if both parents agree to it. It’s essential that both parents work together to agree what’s right for them and their children. According to the information in court, Amos has been paying child maintenance ever since they broke up. The two couple separated 2 years ago after finding themselves in an unstable relationship which turned into violence. Many people have this notion that separating to each other means one should take all the responsibilities to maintain children. At the moment you may feel unable to discuss child maintenance with the other parent or, you just might not want to.
However, child maintenance can make a real difference to children as it can help pay for things like clothing, food and other essentials. It can also help to keep both parents involved with their children’s lives. Whatever type of maintenance arrangement you put in place, it’s important to remember that it can help to give a child the best start in life and continues until your child reaches adulthood. It’s also important to remember that paying child maintenance for your child is a legal responsibility. The magistrate slapped Amos with a fine of R2000 to be paid to the mother of his children and also said to him that he must pay the outstanding maintenance before Friday, the 13th of January 2017, and continue paying child maintenance as agreed upon.