Questions posted on Live Q and A with Advocate Muhammad Abduroaf 12 questions posed when registering on www.ourlawyer.co.za/live Question 1 Western Cape I have a restraining order against the mother of my child as she harasses myself and my family. I pay my maintenance however she refuses to let me see my son. It’s been almost a year now and I have reached out to social workers as well as mediation for a parenting plan but so far, no assistance – PLEASE HELP Question 2 Kwazulu Natal Divorced since 2013. Settlement agreement in place and through the years the maintenance amount stated on that agreement has changed. This year we relocated and my daughter was given the opportunity to live with her school principal in order to finish her Gr7 year in an excellent school. Her father notified me that he will not pay her maintenance to me because she I want to learn more
Parental consent for a minor child’s enrolment into a school – What can you do if co-guardianship consent is refused? Children have a right to a decent education—one which would benefit them in life. Every caring parent wants to give their child the best education possible according to their specific circumstances and station in life. Not all parents earn the same amount of money or have access the best type of education. However, most parents will do their best, which the law and society expect of all parents. In doing so, they ensure that their child has the best opportunities in life. Parents co-operating in educating their minor children It is vitally important for parents to co-operate when it comes to their minor child’s education. This relates to the enrollment into a school, the paying of school fees, transportation, parent involvement, homework, etc. If one parent does not wish to I want to learn more
Types of domestic violence It is a sad state of affairs to find that woman and children are the most vulnerable targets when it comes to domestic violence and abuse. How do we put an end to this vicious cycle? There have specific laws that have been implemented for protection against such vile acts. Unfortunately, many victims are too ashamed and fearful of taking the steps to protect themselves against domestic violence and abuse. Often, we mistake domestic violence as only physical and this is not the case. Below are some brief examples of the different types of domestic violence and abuse: Control Physical Emotional and Domination Verbal Abuse Economic Abuse Physiological Abuse Do you think you fall into one of these categories? Then it’s time you approach your family legal expert and find out how you can protect yourself and your children. Call our law offices on 021 424 3487 I want to learn more
Let Our Lawyer introduce Susan Larkan. She is an anti-gender-based violence activist, a past victim and survivor. She endured many struggles and hardship, and we have much to learn from her. Our lawyer had the opportunity to interview Susan Larkan on the terrible issue of Gender-based Violence. Gender-based violence is a serious problem in South Africa and we therefore appreciate it people speak out on the topic. It is definitely not easy to do, and we appreciate taking the time to enlighten and educate us. To connect with Susan, or make use of her service, feel free to complete the form below. For now, read on to learn more about Susan and Gender-based Violence. Our Lawyer – Please, tell us about yourself: I am 59 years old, my life changed drastically at the age of 17 when we left Cape Town for the Transvaal. I met my first husband. It has I want to learn more
Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in South Africa – What are your legal remedies? – Video of Webinar that took place 28 August 2020 and hosted by Adv. Muhammad Abduroaf Gender-Based Violence is a real and serious problem in South Africa. A lot has been written on the topic, and the problem is ongoing. Our Lawyer’s stance on this issue is that it should be eradicated. This would require the active input of government, the victims and the community. We wanted to continue with the conversation regarding Gender-Based Violence. We, therefore, invited those who have been affected thereby to partake in a Webinar entitled, “Gender-based Violence in South Africa – What are your legal remedies? Our Lawyer had a successful live webinar on this serious topic, whereby victims spoke out. The webinar will be hosted by Adv. Muhammad Abduroaf. The video can be watched below.
People going through divorces have many questions. Some we can expect, and others are very surprising. Read on to learn more about divorces and the questions people ask. How much does a divorce cost in South Africa? The cost of a divorce varies from case to case and client to client. If a divorce is undefended or agreed upon, then the cost would be significantly low. However, should the divorce be contested where the parties cannot agree on the terms of the divorce, then, under those circumstances, the ultimate cost can be very high. Factors to consider would be how many issues there are to be resolved, the number of court days required, and preparation time. In the end, the more time that is spent on a divorce matter by lawyers, the more it would cost the client. Where can I get free legal advice on divorce in South Africa? I want to learn more
Most family law matters come with heightened emotions and stress. It, however, does not always have to be that way. Staying focused and rational is important to get the best results. Many legal practitioners will tell you, the one aspect of family law, that differentiates it from other branches of law, is the emotions that it brings to their clients. It would often happen that a client breaks down, or sheds a tear in your office. This is understandable, as family law issues have a lot of history behind it. Even simple family law legal matters, for example, the terms of an antenuptial contract, can stir emotion. The lawyer under such cases has to act as a mediator, pacifier and legal advisor at the same time. Types of family law matters that cause heightened emotions and anxiety Before we delve into this topic, let us first bring things into perspective. I want to learn more
ABC guide on how to obtain a Protection Order The Steps to follow The steps to follow to obtain a Protection Order in domestic violence situations are regulated by the Domestic Violence Act 116 of 1998 (hereafter referred to as the act). I strongly suggest that you consult an attorney, advocate or family lawyer should your matter be complicated. Below is a simple A B C guide outlining a few simple steps that a complainant (the person affected by domestic violence) has to follow in order to obtain an interdict (Protection Order) against another person? However, before these steps may be laid down important to know whether you should approach the Domestic Violence Court or the South African Police Services for a Peace Order: Speak to them about it. Q: What is a Protection Order? A: In simple terms, a protection order is an order granted by the Domestic Violence I want to learn more