Reduced income no excuse to dodge maintenance
You would be expected to sell your assets to meet your child support obligation before claiming an inability to pay
A reduced income due to the Covid-19 lockdown will not get you out of paying maintenance for your child, legal experts say. And they warn that maintenance does not just take your income into account, but also looks at your assets.
The legal community is reporting a significant increase in maintenance queries since the lockdown commenced on March 26. However, advocate Muhammad Abduroaf, of legal advice consultancy Our Lawyer, says parents cannot unilaterally decide to reduce maintenance, and getting a court to revise your maintenance order may not be possible until after the lockdown. ..