(LL08-2024) How to conduct a section 6 maintenance enquiry

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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 conduct a section 6 enquiry at court

• Slides: How to conduct a section 6 enquiry at court

• Service Delivery Charter: DOJ

• DOJ Code 26/2015 (Codified Instructions Code Family Court Maintenance)

• Case law: Mthimunye v Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development 2014 JDR 1066 GP

• Explanation of Rights of Applicants and Respondents

• Paternity Confirmation Form

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 primary purpose of a section 6 enquiry?
2. Who conducts the informal examination during a section 6 enquiry?
3. What is the significance of filing a founding affidavit for a section 6 enquiry?
4. Who is responsible for capturing and transferring documents in the maintenance process?
5. What role does the maintenance investigator play in a maintenance dispute?
6. What are the rights of parties involved in a maintenance dispute?
7. What is the potential consequence for failing to pay maintenance?
8. When may a maintenance court grant an interim maintenance order?
9. What is the consequence of failing to provide notice of a change in address or employment according to Section 16(4) of the Maintenance Act?
10. Which civil remedies can be used for enforcement if a person fails to comply with a maintenance order, according to Section 26(1) of the Maintenance Act?

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