I WANT TO SUE MY FATHER FOR MAINTENANCE
I was raised by my mother and stepfather. My mom passed away last year when I was 17. I’m now 18 and want to further my studies but I don’t have money. Someone advised me to take my father to the maintenance court. Who am I supposed to sue for maintenance – my biological father or stepfather? I don’t know my biological father. ANONYMOUS, POLOKWANE
The duty to support falls on the biological parents, unless your stepdad legally adopted you. So first find out whether you were legally adopted. If yes, you can sue your stepdad for maintenance.
If not, you need to find your biological father and take him to the maintenance court. However, as you’re now an adult the court will order maintenance only for your basic needs.