Parents and children have a reciprocal duty to support each other in terms of their means and the need. The parent’s duty to support their child will remain in place until the child becomes self-supporting, regardless of a particular age. There is also a reciprocal duty of support between grandparents and grandchildren and between more remote ascendants and descendants.
The rule is that support must always be sought from the nearer relative. Although there is not a specific formulae to calculate a specific amount, general rules apply in order to determine the amount payable for maintenance. A maintenance order is never a final order and can be varied at any stage when circumstances change. We compiled a comprehensive list of income and expenses to assist our clients with their rightful claims.