Child Custody – South Africa

How do you go about getting custody of a child?

Gaining child custody can be a dreadful legal battle as parents often make irrational decisions based on their own emotions and not that of their child/children.  Often, the legal expert will be referring to the Children’s Act as a guideline to the way forward.

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The focus of the Children’s Act however, is on the child’s rights rather than the rights of parents and highlights the best interest of the child.

In turn, the legal expert will guide the parents along the way should parents be too self-absorbed in the tension and conflict of a divorce.  Our legal consultancy boast a well experienced, professional, family legal expert who will be advising you through the process.


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For more details on how to gain child custody, click on the articles below which contain free, expert legal advice:

How to go about getting joint custody?

Joint custody however, will require both parents to be on the same page as both parents will share in the access of the child. In this case, having a parenting plan professionally drafted may be ideal. A parenting plan simply places things into perspective and help them establish a common ground for the sake of the child.

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At Our Lawyer Pty Ltd, we are professional legal drafters and can draft you a parenting plan that reflects the rights, responsibilities and best interests of the child.

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Call our offices today and have an online appointment made for you by our friendly receptionist for a professional legal consultation. Our law offices enables free Wi-Fi in a professional, private setting and our consultations are fully confidential. In the consultation, you will be having a one-on-one legal session with the family legal expert who will guide you along the different types of child custody processes. Connect with us today!





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    Kristi-Lynn and James Andrew MacDonald met in 1994, lived in a common-law arrangement for 2 1⁄2 years, and were married on October 5, 1996. For sake of clarity I may refer to them as the “husband” or “James” and the “wife” or “Kristi”. At marriage the husband was approximately age 32 and the wife approximately age 28. He was a Toronto area emergency physician while she was a flight attendant with Canadian Airlines. At marriage he owned his home, subject to mortgage, along with significant RRSPs. He was otherwise debt-free. At marriage, she had no significant assets or debts.
    They married October 5, 1996. She continued to work with the airline while pregnant until late 1997 when she took a maternity leave. Their first child, Jenna, was born […] 1998. The young family moved to Huntsville in January 1999 to accommodate the husband’s wish to seek a less stressful lifestyle than had been the case in Toronto. James testified at trial that his wife told him she didn’t want to return to work but wished instead to stay at home to raise their family. Kristi testified that her withdrawal from the Toronto area workforce was because neither of them wanted to leave childcare duties to a nanny. The husband disputed that but both agreed with their joint decision to move north in 1999 to live in Muskoka with James’ income as the sole source of family support. Mrs. MacDonald retired from Canadian Airlines and took her pension in a small lump sum.

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