(LL05-2024) How to calculate the parents contribution

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Introduction and Logistics letter 
Blank J101 application form  
Pre-reading material 

This section contains the slideshow (if used), webinar handout and important resources that we will be referring back to during the webinar. Please download and print these before the start of the webinar or have them available electronically to enhance your learning experience. Should the presenters refer to additional recourses during their presentation, then these will be forwarded to all registered attendees after the broadcast.

General documents referred to:

•  Maintenance Act, Act 99 of 1989

•  FREE eBook: Everything you should know about child and spousal maintenance before applying

•  Blank J101 application form


Resource material for this webinar:

• Handout: How to calculate the parent’s contribution to maintenance

• Slides: How to calculate the parent’s contribution to maintenance

• Case law: VEDOVATO v VEDOVATO 1980 (1) SA 772 (T)

• Case law: LAMB v SACK 1974 (2) SA 670 (T)

• Case law: M v M (WCC) (unreported case no A11210, 22-2-2011) (Steyn J)

• Case law: KROON v KROON 1986 (4) SA 616 (E)

• Case law: PL v PL 2020 JDR 0339 (FB)

Below are a couple of questions to self-test your knowledge. You can complete the form below with your details and answer the questions and you will be sent the correct answers together with explanations within 3 minutes to your email address.


1. What are the general requirements for the existence of a duty of support?
2. According to GM v KI 2015 (3) SA 62 (GJ), does a biological father's duty to maintain depend on whether they have parental responsibilities and rights?
3. How are the respective shares of the obligation to support a child apportioned between parents according to section 15(3)(a)(ii)?
4. What factors are considered primary in assessing maintenance for children?
5. What does "means of support" include?
6. According to Gliksman v Talekinsky [1955] 4 All SA 306 (W), what does a parent's duty to support a major child entail?
7. What does the joint income formula determine in maintenance cases?
8. When determining maintenance, what is paramount according to Bannatyne v Bannatyne?
9. What should be considered when determining reasonable maintenance for children?
10. What is the significance of the duty to maintain children extending into their majority, as discussed in B v B [1997] 1 All SA 598 (E)?

If you have any enquiries / questions relating to this module or wish to make an appointment for a consultation (online or in person in Cape Town) with a specialist maintenance attorney, please send us an email using this form and one of our panel of attorneys will respond as soon as possible.