Marizka Coetzer
Journalist
3 minute read
23 Sep 2021
7:00 am

Child Maintenance Act slammed as father’s life ruined by 11-year court battle

Marizka Coetzer

The father said the Maintenance Act was extremely harsh on parents who simply don’t have the finances to meet the court order.

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Fathers have described the Maintenance Act as “barbaric” as they fight to keep up with maintenance orders while being alienated from their biological children. A father from the West Rand said his 11-year battle to have a relationship with his 15-year-old daughter has completely ruined him. “The Maintenance Act is biased and barbaric in its execution,” the father, who did not want to be named to protect the identity of the child. The father said although the case was opened in 2011, the court order issued in March 2012 was the beginning of his financial ruin. “I had to take...