I WANT TO SUE MY FA­THER FOR MAIN­TE­NANCE

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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.

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