Rights of grandparents

Grandparents rights

When parents divorce or die, what rights do grandparents have towards their grandchildren? When couples with children divorce, there is understandably a focus on the arrangements made for the children. A lot of time and effort is spent on ensuring a fair division of care and contact between the parents. Unfortunately, the rights of grandparents […]

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New family court launched by Lamola

New family court aims to provide specialist services at branch level

New family court seeks to reduce domestic violence President Cyril Ramaphosa has repeatedly expressed his commitment to eradicating our “second pandemic” – gender-based violence, domestic violence and femicide. We recently wrote about the Domestic Violence Amendment Bill, which seeks to strengthen the existing provisions of the Domestic Violence Act, most notably by introducing a domestic […]

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Children’s Amendment Bill

If you are a parent, here is how the proposed changes to the Children’s Act will affect you South Africa has some of the most progressive children’s legislation in the world. The Amendment Bill before Parliament strengthens protective measures for children even further and aims to close gaps in the child protection system. This article […]

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What happens when parents can’t agree on sending children back to school?

Schooling during COVID-19. Reprinted from All4Women, by Simon Dippenaar – 2020-07-27 Last Thursday night’s announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa will temporarily resolve a dispute that troubles many parents. But it will undoubtedly rear its head again The President announced that, in view of rising community transmission of COVID-19, and after consultation with parents, school governing […]

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Considering divorce? These are all the legal terms you need to know

This article on divorce proceedings is reprinted from All4Women, by Simon Dippenaar – 2020-07-03 Your marriage is on shaky ground, and you are considering divorce. You’ve done a bit of research into the process, and now you’re more confused than ever. What is mediation? What is interim maintenance? How do you know what you need […]

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