(LL07-2024) How to prepare for a section 6 maintenance enquiry

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Pre-reading material: How to prepare for a section 6 maintenance enquiry 

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 prepare for a section 6 maintenance enquiry

Slides: How to prepare for a section 6 maintenance enquiry

Founding affidavit example: First application in terms of section 6 of the Maintenance Act

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 is the purpose of a section 6 enquiry?
2. Where does the section 6 enquiry typically take place?
3. What happens if parties reach an agreement during the section 6 enquiry?
4. What should parties do to prepare for a section 6 enquiry?
5. What role does the maintenance officer play in a section 6 enquiry?
6. What is the purpose of the maintenance investigator in the maintenance process?
7. What types of questions could parties expect during a section 6 enquiry?
8. When might a matter be referred to court for formal adjudication?
9. What is the main goal of a section 6 enquiry?
10. What are "lying-in expenses"?

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