COVID-19 divorce

What is the effect of a year of lockdown on divorce statistics? As we mark one year since the nation entered lockdown of some form or other, it’s inevitable that we feel called to reflect on the events and consequences of the past 12 months. A year ago we asked whether self-isolation and lockdown would […]

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The impact of parental alienation on a child

Parental alienation harms the child more than the parent As tempting as it might be for an aggrieved parent suffering through an acrimonious divorce to want to portray the other parent in the worst possible light, the individual who suffers the most is the child. “Deliberate parental alienation harms the child more than the parent,” says […]

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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 as vehicle regulations, to trace child maintenance defaulters.  The government believes this will ease dependency […]

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Help your children through a divorce

Reprinted from the Northern Natal Courier, by Sarah Wyatt-Minter – 2020-08-31 The hard lockdown forced many families to spend time together but instead of bringing families together, some families started falling apart, with many couples admitting that their union was no longer viable. South Africa has seen an increase of 20 per cent in the […]

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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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The division of assets on divorce

Image: Shutterstock The nature of your matrimonial property regime will determine how your assets will be divided in the event of a divorce. Acrimonious and litigious divorces are expensive, time-consuming and emotionally draining, and only serve to reduce the value that each spouse will ultimately receive in terms of the divorce order. If you’re contemplating […]

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Co-Parenting During the Coronavirus Pandemic

 A Conversation with Martin Butcher of Jacobowitz & Gubits   During the coronavirus pandemic, co-parenting requires an extra degree of thoughtfulness and flexibility. The goal for parents should be to provide stability and normality for children in an unstable environment. On March 16, the New York State court system was closed to all but essential functions […]

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