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Get a maintenance order

Maintenance is the obligation to provide another person, for example a minor, with housing, food, clothing, education and medical care, or with the means that are necessary for providing the person with these essentials. This legal duty to maintain is called ‘the duty to maintain’ or ‘the duty to support’.

A child must be supported or maintained by parents or grandparents and a maintenance order can be made to compel them to do so.

Find out more about obtaining a maintenance order or contact the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development on 012 315 1512.