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Maintenance for children over 18
In terms of our law, a child becomes an adult these days at the age of 18.  A lot of people believe that in fact that is when an obligation for maintenance ends.  The Maintenance Act itself does not comment on the duration of this responsibility to support a child and in the circumstances, the answer is found in our common law which provides that a parent has a duty to support the child, until the child becomes self-supporting.  This was also confirmed in the 1999 case of Bursey v Bursey & Another in the Appellate Division.  A child cannot be self-supporting, if for example, the child is still studying or if for example, the child is handicapped and cannot look after him/herself.

Posted by Michael de Broglio on Wednesday 09-Apr-08   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  Comments

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