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Category Archives: Children’s Act

Celebrity divorce – the pitfalls of fame

Silhoette of a couple illustrating a troubled relationship

Who is right and who is wrong in this high-profile divorce? We often envy celebrities their money and their glamour, but popularity comes at a cost. Going through divorce is tough enough. Most of us are able to navigate this … Continue reading

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When children become unwitting weapons in the battle between the exes

The only winners in high-conflict divorces are the attorneys and advocates. Reprinted from the Daily Maverick, by Michael Collins – 2021-03-02 First published in the Daily Maverick 168 weekly newspaper. When my ex-partner, the mother of our two children, both younger than … Continue reading

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Government coming for child maintenance defaulters

Johannesburg – Child maintenance defaulters will soon have nowhere to hide. The Department of Justice and Correctional Services will soon start using registered cellphone and telephone numbers, company registrations, credit profiles, court judgments, property purchases, sales and transfers as well … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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Stop Press! Child contact visits now allowed during lockdown

Child contact visits now permitted during lockdown

New directive issued permitting travel between co-parents We are past the halfway point of lockdown. I doubt anyone would say it is flying by. For most, the lack of exercise, the absence of social contact, and the sheer monotony of … Continue reading

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Child care and contact during the holidays…and don’t forget Santa

The festive season can be a difficult time for co-parenting families Whether you are newly divorced or you’ve been divorced for some time, child care and contact during the festive season is often difficult for co-parents. It doesn’t matter if … Continue reading

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Children and divorce

What young people say helped them get through their parents’ divorce When parents separate or get divorced, it inevitably disrupts the lives of children, and can take a toll on their mental well-being. Over time, children learn to accommodate the … Continue reading

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