oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - Comparative legal developments in child maintenance and their possible effect on South Africa



A radical reconceptualisation of the South African law of maintenance is needed to ensure that the ongoing needs of children and their custodians are met and that past child care responsibilities are compensated. An extensive system of social security seems to be required and the state will have to accept a responsibility to support such children. The implementation of a scheme of child support along the lines of that recommended by the Finer Committee for South Africa with the incorporation of a central Child Support Agency as instituted in Australia would recommend itself if funds were available.


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