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April 13, 2005

Divorced father not liable for school fees

The Cape High Court has ruled that only the parent who was awarded custody and control of a minor child by the court in a divorce case can legally be held accountable for the child's school fees. The ruling, reports Beeld, will affect thousands of divorced couples. In the case, the governing body of Gene Louw Primary School unsuccessfully sued a father, who does not have custody of the child, for outstanding school fees. However, the judge made it clear that divorced parents who do not have custody of their minor children, but who undertook in a divorce settlement agreement or reached an agreement with the schools to pay their children's school fees, would still be liable to pay their share.
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