International South African Divorce (revised)


International South African Divorce

Divorce is never easy, and where the spouses have different international locations it can be very complicated.

International divorce made simple

A combative, acrimonious divorce is not in your best interests, but it can be hard to avoid when complex legislation makes it harder to reach an equitable settlement.

Regardless of the circumstance, a divorce process that treats everyone with fairness and dignity usually results in the best outcomes, and I will strive to achieve that for you.

Where can you divorce for an international South African divorce?

As long as one of you is resident in South Africa (it does not have to be the South African), we can institute divorce proceedings here.

However, South African law, in common with the law in many jurisdictions, dictates that the domicile of the husband at the time of the marriage determines the ultimate law governing the divorce.

We will discuss the details of your situation at a preliminary meeting and I will advise you on the process we will follow.

If there is an antenuptial contract (ANC) in force, please bring it along and we can go over it together. An ANC often makes the divorce process much easier.

What our clients say

We have helped many clients reach a divorce settlement with their dignity intact. We have particular expertise in foreign divorce and will navigate the complexities for you. Read more about my track record.

If you want to know more about my strategic approach, have a look at this article.

Fees for an international South African divorce

  • R 15 000 (excl VAT and disbursements: approx R 2000) where one party resides in Cape Town (+ R 3000 if in Gauteng)

  • R 30 000 (excl VAT and disbursements: approx R 2000) when your spouse can’t be located locally/abroad

Please note: If one resides in the Western Cape, then one party needs to appear, either plaintiff or defendant.

If one resides in Gauteng, then neither party needs to appear at court; in this division the action can be raised on affidavit.

Contact me

Please contact me directly on 086 099 5146 or WhatsApp me on +27 76 116 0623. We can then discuss this in more detail.

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