“I am 17 years old soon to be 18 and I live in South Africa. I have no idea if you will be able to help me but my mother and father have been in an on gong maintenance (child support) battle for the last 5 years. It has been suggested to me that I myself sue my father for maintenance as I still live with my mother. Is that legal and how do I go about it??”
Unfortunately we can only respond about U.S. law, and have no idea about the child support laws of South Africa. But what we *can* say is that the reality of a given situation is *rarely* what either parent tells their child – because each parent has their own version of reality – and for you to sue your father would be burning forever the parent-child bridge that may still exist between you. We think it’s a very bad idea.