My 20-year-old daughter has just given birth and her father is saying he’ll stop paying her maintenance now that she’s a mother.
Is he allowed to do this? My daughter is still in TVET college and is 100% dependent on us. MOTHER, EMAIL A parent has a legal obligation to pay child maintenance until the child becomes an adult and this happens when they turn 18.
If the child comes of age but they’re still in school or in tertiary, they can sue for maintenance themselves.
Your daughter is still in college and in financial need therefore she can take her father to the maintenance court and sue him for maintenance as an adult dependant child.
The fact that she has a child doesn’t exempt her father from still being legally liable for her maintenance.
Your daughter can also sue both you, her father and the other grandparents of her child for child maintenance for the grandchild. Grandparents have a legal duty to support their grandchildren.