Manatha v Manatha (1997) JOL 652 (Tk)

Main Issue: Paternity/maintenance

Findings: In a claim for maintenance, appellant is disputing paternity. Court held that, there is no call for maintenance court to have ordered blood tests. Further, there is clear authority that it would not have been in the interests of the children to have ordered such tests. However, maintenance court failing to obtain adequate evidence as to appropriate quantum of maintenance-allocation of contribution being made merely on the basis of appellant being a police sergeant earning R2700 a month. Matter referred back for further investigation into the question of quantum of contribution.

Some consideration should be given to the best interest of child.

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