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Child Custody – Articles and Posts

Child Custody – Articles and Posts

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Advocate Muhammad Abduroaf - Litigation Lawyer, South Africa (Tought fighting lawyer) - Bloemfontein

How do I find the best child custody lawyer, attorney or advocate for my case in Bloemfontein

Dear Advocate Abduroaf. My child custody case is very complicated. How do I find the best child custody lawyer, attorney or advocate for my case in Bloemfontein? A great child custody lawyer (attorney or advocate) is a legal practitioner who specializes in family law and has expertise in handling cases related to child custody and visitation rights. Family law matters can be very emotionally challenging for both parents. The same applies to the child concerned. Whether you live in Cape Town or in Bloemfontein, the law applicable would be the same throughout South Africa. Here are some qualities and characteristics that can define a great child custody lawyer, or the best one for your case: Experience and Expertise: Specialization in family law, particularly child custody cases. Proven track record of successfully handling similar cases. Knowledge of Family Law: In-depth understanding of family law. Awareness of recent legal developments and changes in family law. Communication Skills: Effective communication skills to clearly articulate your case in court. Ability to negotiate and mediate to reach favourable settlements. Compassion and Empathy: Understanding and empathy towards the emotional challenges involved in child custody disputes. Ability to provide emotional support to clients during a difficult time ...
Child Custody Disputes during the National Lockdown

Have child custody disputes increased during the National Lockdown? Or has things gotten better?

Child custody disputes during the Covid-19 pandemic and the Lockdown – What impact did the National Lockdown have on it? With three months into the national lockdown, no one will dispute that it had a profound effect on all aspects of daily life. The same would apply to marriages, family relations and co-parenting to mention a few. A lot has been written on the topic of the movement of children during the lockdown. At the start of the lockdown, the movement of children was prohibited. The child had to remain with the parent with whom he or she was with at the start of the lockdown. A few weeks into the lockdown, things changed. Children could move between parents if there were a court order, parental rights and responsibilities agreement or parenting plan registered with the office of the family advocate. Later, things further developed where the magistrate’s permit came into play. Read more above the changes to the regulations over time by clicking on this link. You would find an extensive overview of the history of the movement of children during the lockdown. Have child custody disputes increased three months after the start of the lockdown? One would be ...
How to win child custody cases, tips and tricks

How to win your child custody and access court case – Tips and Tricks

How to win your child custody (care) and access (contact) court case - Tips and Tricks Purchase a Consultation with us from our Online Shop, by clicking here. Legal matters concerning children are never simple. There is no manual that one can pull out for answers. This is so because all matters concerning a child are different. This is where the wisdom of experts becomes of use. What follows are some of the tips and tricks provided by Advocate Muhammad Abduroaf, a family law expert with more than a decade of experience on family law, divorce, child custody and child maintenance matters. Read on to find out some tips and tricks of the trade. Valuable advice is given on what to do through the child custody court process. Visit here for tips and tricks on how to win your child maintenance case. All families are different, with their own dynamics, challenges and issues. A 10-year-old child in one case with living conditions, parents, siblings and mental development would be different than that of another child. All that one has to work with is the concept of a child’s best interests. That is the challenge. How do you determine what is ...
Advocate Muhammad Abduroaf - Litigation Lawyer, South Africa (Tought fighting lawyer) - Nelspruit

How do I find the best child custody lawyer, attorney or advocate for my case in Nelspruit

Dear Advocate Abduroaf. My child custody case is very complicated. How do I find the best child custody lawyer, attorney or advocate for my case in Nelspruit? A great child custody lawyer (attorney or advocate) is a legal practitioner who specializes in family law and has expertise in handling cases related to child custody and visitation rights. Family law matters can be very emotionally challenging for both parents. The same applies to the child concerned. Whether you live in Cape Town or in Nelspruit, the law applicable would be the same throughout South Africa. Here are some qualities and characteristics that can define a great child custody lawyer, or the best one for your case: Experience and Expertise: Specialization in family law, particularly child custody cases. Proven track record of successfully handling similar cases. Knowledge of Family Law: In-depth understanding of family law. Awareness of recent legal developments and changes in family law. Communication Skills: Effective communication skills to clearly articulate your case in court. Ability to negotiate and mediate to reach favourable settlements. Compassion and Empathy: Understanding and empathy towards the emotional challenges involved in child custody disputes. Ability to provide emotional support to clients during a difficult time ...

Child Custody for Fathers – South Africa

Child custody for fathers During our years of experience in dealing with child custody battles, we have found it common for fathers fighting for child custody and wanting to know more about their legal rights. Unfortunately, a father paying child maintenance will not be guaranteed full child custody of a child. For more on father’s rights in child custody, click on the links below and read our free, expert legal advice article on how to go about your legal rights as a father. Child custody visitation access- questions and answers Child custody frequently asked questions Father refused contact to his child. What are his rights? Father's parental responsibilities and rights to his child. How do I get full custody over my child? Parental child abuse in custody cases- Cape Town What does it mean when you have primary residential custody? What happens in a case custody dispute when one parent is mentally ill? Feel free to call our law offices on 021 424 3487, or our national number on 087 701 1124 if you’re residing out of Cape Town. We are conveniently situated in the heart of the buzzing CBD at The Pinnacle, Suit 702, 7th floor, corner of Strand and Burg ...
Advocate Muhammad Abduroaf - Litigation Lawyer, South Africa (Tought fighting lawyer)

How do I find the best child custody lawyer, attorney or advocate for my case in Pretoria

Dear Advocate Abduroaf. My child custody case is very complicated. How do I find the best child custody lawyer, attorney or advocate for my case in Pretoria? A great child custody lawyer (attorney or advocate) is a legal practitioner who specializes in family law and has expertise in handling cases related to child custody and visitation rights. Family law matters can be very emotionally challenging for both parents. The same applies to the child concerned. Whether you live in Cape Town or in Pretoria, the law applicable would be the same throughout South Africa. Here are some qualities and characteristics that can define a great child custody lawyer, or the best one for your case: Experience and Expertise: Specialization in family law, particularly child custody cases. Proven track record of successfully handling similar cases. Knowledge of Family Law: In-depth understanding of family law. Awareness of recent legal developments and changes in family law. Communication Skills: Effective communication skills to clearly articulate your case in court. Ability to negotiate and mediate to reach favourable settlements. Compassion and Empathy: Understanding and empathy towards the emotional challenges involved in child custody disputes. Ability to provide emotional support to clients during a difficult time ...

Gain child custody – Cape Town

Child Custody Law in South Africa What exactly is child custody? Child custody refers to the legal order or instruction by the court to the parents of their child/children. The term Custody on its own, simply means to care or protect for. Hence child custody is concerned with the protection and care of a child by the parents. When it comes to the Children’s Act in South Africa, your legal expert/professional will tell you that the Act aims to have the child’s best interest in place. With that being said, the Act covers a number of legal aspects and rights regarding the child. Attorneys (Lawyers), Advocates and other legal professionals, will make use of the Act to ensure that they are doing things legally correct. The Children’s Act can be applied to parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles, teachers and so forth. Sole Guardianship Sole guardianship refers to one parent having full custody of the child. Some may interpret this wrongly and think that the other parent will no longer be able to see the child. This is not the case. It is however, commonly understood that the mother is usually awarded sole custody. This too, is no longer the case. Should ...
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Advcoate Muhammad Abduroaf – Family Law South Africa – Child Custody Lawyer

Family Law Service - Advocate Muhammad Abduroaf - Finding the best lawyer for you. Choosing the right law firm (Attorney or Advocate) can be a daunting task in the intricate landscape of legal matters. Whether you're facing a complex litigation case, navigating corporate law, or seeking legal assistance for personal issues, the decision of which law firm to engage is crucial. At the firm Advocate Muhammad Abduroaf, we understand the significance of this decision, and we aim to demonstrate why choosing our firm can make all the difference. Expertise and Specialisation One of the primary reasons for choosing our law firm is our expertise and specialisation in diverse legal areas. As you can see from this website, advocate Muhammad Abduroaf practices in various fields of law. This breadth of expertise ensures that no matter the nature of your legal issue, you will have access to knowledgeable and experienced professionals who can provide tailored solutions. Personalised Approach We recognise that every client and every case is unique. That's why we prioritise a personalised approach to legal representation. From the moment you engage our services, we take the time to understand your specific needs, concerns, and objectives. This allows us to develop ...

Child Custody – Frequently Asked Questions and Answers – Cape Town

Frequently Asked Questions on Child Custody - Cape Town We hold a wealth of knowledge on family legal matters, in relation to South African law. This includes issues and questions surrounding child custody, divorce and child maintenance. Feel free to browse through the question and answers below. Should you not find the answer to a child custody question you are looking for, feel free to post your divorce question here. For more questions on child custody, visit this page. Can you change the baby's last name without the father's consent? No, you require his consent. If he does not want to give consent, then you may approach a court of law. This answer is based on the presumption that the father has parental responsibilities and rights over the child. Do I have parental rights if I am not on the birth certificate? Yes, it is possible that you have. How do you change your last name on your birth certificate? You need to apply to the Department of Home Affairs. How do I apply for child maintenance in South Africa? You should approach the maintenance court. Can you change your child's surname? Yes, you can. Both parents should consent. How ...
Paternity Disputes and Testing and the law

Paternity Disputes and Scientific DNA Testing – Children Matters (Maintenance and Custody)

Paternity disputes and Scientific DNA Testing in Child Legal Matters Paternity disputes are not uncommon in our courts of law. What sparks them varies, however, all disputes are messy. For one, the mere allegation that he is not the father of the child may directly or indirectly affect the dignity of the mother, and that of the child. In other words, it is suggested that she had more than one sexual partner at the time, and the child was born from such a relationship. Nonetheless, the issue can speedily be resolved through scientific DNA testing. Paternity - Legal Settings There are two common legal settings where a parent (or alleged parent) would dispute paternity. The one would be in a child maintenance dispute, where the father alleges that he is not the biological father of the child, and therefore cannot be ordered to pay child maintenance. The other situation would be in a child custody or visitation dispute. Here the mother would allege that the man is not the father, or he denies paternity. Paternity Dispute Scenarios There are other scenarios where paternity can become an issue. One would be in the case of inheritance. A parent would allege that ...
Child Custody Disputes Questions and Answers

How can I be successful in my child custody battle? What are frequently asked question on child custody disputes?

Child Custody battles. What are the frequently asked questions mothers and fathers pose when it comes to children disputes? Our courts are inundated with child custody matters. Parents who were once in love and supportive of each other, now find themselves embroiled in a very sensitive and emotional legal battle. The question that is posed; who can best care for the minor child? Is it the mother or the father? Should things remain the same, or is a change warranted. As you would see below, when deciding on where a child should primarily reside, the court would need to determine what is best for the child. The court is hardly concerned with the wishes and preferences of the parents. Their interests are secondary. However, the court has to consider all factors. That includes the domestic situation of both parents and their ability to care for the child. I am worried about my child custody case. How can a father lose a child custody battle? A father will lose a child custody battle if he cannot prove that it is in the child’s best interest that he has custody over the child concerned. It is important when either parent wants a ...
Advocate Muhammad Abduroaf - Litigation Lawyer, South Africa (Tought fighting lawyer) - Polokwane

How do I find the best child custody lawyer, attorney or advocate for my case in Polokwane

Dear Advocate Abduroaf. My child custody case is very complicated. How do I find the best child custody lawyer, attorney or advocate for my case in Polokwane? A great child custody lawyer (attorney or advocate) is a legal practitioner who specializes in family law and has expertise in handling cases related to child custody and visitation rights. Family law matters can be very emotionally challenging for both parents. The same applies to the child concerned. Whether you live in Cape Town or in Polokwane, the law applicable would be the same throughout South Africa. Here are some qualities and characteristics that can define a great child custody lawyer, or the best one for your case: Experience and Expertise: Specialization in family law, particularly child custody cases. Proven track record of successfully handling similar cases. Knowledge of Family Law: In-depth understanding of family law. Awareness of recent legal developments and changes in family law. Communication Skills: Effective communication skills to clearly articulate your case in court. Ability to negotiate and mediate to reach favourable settlements. Compassion and Empathy: Understanding and empathy towards the emotional challenges involved in child custody disputes. Ability to provide emotional support to clients during a difficult time ...
Advocate Muhammad Abduroaf - Litigation Lawyer, South Africa (Tought fighting lawyer) - Port Elizabeth 

How do I find the best child custody lawyer, attorney or advocate for my case in Port Elizabeth

Dear Advocate Abduroaf. My child custody case is very complicated. How do I find the best child custody lawyer, attorney or advocate for my case in Port Elizabeth? A great child custody lawyer (attorney or advocate) is a legal practitioner who specializes in family law and has expertise in handling cases related to child custody and visitation rights. Family law matters can be very emotionally challenging for both parents. The same applies to the child concerned. Whether you live in Cape Town or in Port Elizabeth, the law applicable would be the same throughout South Africa. Here are some qualities and characteristics that can define a great child custody lawyer, or the best one for your case: Experience and Expertise: Specialization in family law, particularly child custody cases. Proven track record of successfully handling similar cases. Knowledge of Family Law: In-depth understanding of family law. Awareness of recent legal developments and changes in family law. Communication Skills: Effective communication skills to clearly articulate your case in court. Ability to negotiate and mediate to reach favourable settlements. Compassion and Empathy: Understanding and empathy towards the emotional challenges involved in child custody disputes. Ability to provide emotional support to clients during a ...
Child Custody Services

Child Custody / Visitation / Access Questions and Answers

Child Custody / Visitation / Access Questions and Answers We introduced this Child Custody / Visitation / Access Questions and Answers page for you to post questions you may have on the topic. For example, if you want to know if you are entitled to custody, pose a question with some background facts. At the same time, should you be able to assist others who posted questions below, requiring some advice on Child Custody / Visitation / Access, please proceed and reply to their comments. In that manner, we would all be able to assist each other and increase our online knowledge base. Therefore, although we a are legal consultancy, specialising in family law, you may have problems or experiences that we have not encountered. Let us share in our knowledge of Child Custody / Visitation / Access. We are conveniently located in the Pinnacle Building, in the Cape Town CBD. Click here to call us on (021) 4243487 or send us an email. Other family law resources on this website There are various other family law resources on this website that you may find useful. For example, there is a downloadable child maintenance calculator. The resources may assist you ...
How do I get full custody over my child? Cape Town South Africa

How do I get full custody over my child? Cape Town South Africa

How do I obtain contact, custody or visitation to my child? I need some advice and assistance. Issues of child custody, visitation or guardianship rights are usually difficult for parents to deal with. Parents have an inherent right and duty to form part of their child's lives. Here we refer to parental rights and responsibilities.  However, it often happens that parents of a child cannot see eye to eye as to what is in their child's best interests. More often than not, when parents are divorced, separated, or not living together, issues arise regarding the children they share. And then there is the case where parents want full custody over their children. These issues may range from the amount of contact the other parent may have, the school the child may attend, or what extra-mural activities the child should pursue. Either way, should parents not be on the same page, outside help may be required. Read on to find out more about the law, factors and your rights. With some advice, your situation may become easier. What are Parental Responsibilities and rights to a child? Know your rights: The terms used to refer to the rights and responsibilities of parents ...
Does the abuse of alcohol affect the outcome of a child custody case?

Questions parents ask in child custody disputes. What they want to know.

Questions parents ask in child custody disputes. What are some of the difficulties parents face when dealing with child custody issues and problems? When parents have issues and difficulties regarding their parental responsibilities and rights, they often go online for answers. These issues can relate to contact rights or guardianship issues. One parent may want to have more contact, and the other parent refuses such a request. Or a parent wants to relocate with a minor child, and the other parent refuses guardianship consent. Whatever the issues are, they need to be resolved in the child’s best interests. Read on for some interesting questions parents ask online. Does the abuse of alcohol affect the outcome of a child custody case? Abusing alcohol is very dangerous. Not only for you but for your relationship and parenting as well. If a parent abuses alcohol in the presence of a child, then the child is in danger, or at the very least, in a potential neglectful situation. If both parents abuse alcohol, then the case is much more serious and social welfare needs to get involved. On the issue of a child custody case, the abuse of alcohol is material and would play ...

International Family Law matters, applicable to South Africa – Divorce, Child Custody, Maintenance

International Family Law matters, applicable to South Africa Divorces are not only limited to people living in the same country. Often, you will find that one spouse lives in South Africa and the other in a different country. They want to get divorced but do not know how to go about it. The question now is, which country and which court should divorce them? We regularly receive these types of queries from people living in the Middle East and the United Kingdom. The same problem arises in the case of parents living in different countries, but there are complications regarding contact and access to their minor children. Let's say, one parent, lives in Cape Town and the other in Taiwan. How does the parent living in Taiwan enforce his contact rights to his child in South Africa? Does he or she approach the court in Taiwan? Or should he or she approach the Court in South Africa? And Lastly, there is an issue regarding child maintenance. What happens in the case where one parent lives in Cape Town and the other in New York? How does child maintenance work? Can the parent living in Cape Town with the children obtain ...
The child loses out.

Child Custody – Frequently Asked Questions South Africa

Frequently Asked Questions on Child Custody - South Africa We proud ourselves on our knowledge of family law, and related matters in relation to South African Law. This includes issues and questions surrounding child custody, divorce and child maintenance. Feel free to browse through this question and answers sections below. Should you not find the answer to a child custody question you are looking for, feel free to post your child custody question at the bottom of this post. What does it mean when you have primary residential custody? It means that the child primarily resides with you. For example, the child will only visit the other parent every second weekend. What is a joint residence order? The child resides with both parents. Usually on an equal basis. What is joint custody of a child? This is the situation where both parents care for the child. How can you get custody of your child? If you want custody of your child, you would have to approach a court for that. You can either approach the Children's Court of the High Court. The court would then decide if it is in the child's best interests. How do I file for joint ...
Appeal Child Custody High Court or Magistrates' Court Order

I feel that the High Court granted an unfair child custody order. Is there anything I can do to challenge the Court’s decision?

Can a parent appeal a child custody order granted by the High Court or Children’s Court? In resolving disputes regarding child custody or guardianship (parental rights and responsibilities) matters, a court will usually be approached. The court is also the upper guardian of all minor children within its area of jurisdiction. A parent or interested party may approach the Children’s Court or the High Court when it comes to parental rights regarding a minor child. The High Court, however, has greater jurisdiction when it relates to issues associated with guardianship rights. As demonstrated below, the courts’ decisions may be reviewed by a higher court. However, before approaching the court, the parties should first try to resolve the matter through entering into a parenting plan. How are child custody court proceedings initiated? A parent or interested party would make an application to the court. In the High Court, this would be done with a Notice of Motion and Founding Affidavit, served on the other parent or interested party. An interested party would be someone who cares for the child or significantly forms part of the child’s life. For example, a step-parent, grandparent, or aunt. Once the founding papers are served, the ...

Child Custody and Visitation – Cape Town

Custody cases South Africa Our law offices are situated in the heart of the CBD in a professional, safe settings. We are family legal experts when it comes to handling child custody, divorce and child maintenance legal matters. Throughout our years of experience, we have found that the legal rules for child custody tends to favor the mother, unless the mother happened to be unstable. As time passed, the rules have changed and in turn, accommodates for the rights of fathers as well. With different circumstances constantly arising in custody battles; the law have had to adapt under these changing priorities as well. Today, fathers are more aware of their legal rights and make it their duty to educate themselves about their rights. Our Lawyer Pty Ltd is a professional legal consultancy that offers legal services and to cater for the layman, we have managed to compile a range of child custody legal articles with expert legal advice. Simply click on the links below: Child custody visitation access- questions and answers Child custody frequently asked questions Father refused contact to his child. What are his rights? Father's parental responsibilities and rights to his child. How do I get full custody ...
Child Custody, Relocation, Surname Change and the High Court

Child Relocation, Passports, Custody, Surname Change and the High Courts

Child Relocation, Passports, Custody, Surname Change, and the High Courts – Simplified What does Child Relocation, Passport disputes, Custody issues, and surname changes have in common? They are all matters which a court of law resolves if the parties cannot do so. Other than child custody issues that can be resolved by the Children’s Court, disputes in relation to Child Relocation, Passport Disputes and Surname changes for minor children are dealt with in the various Provincial High Courts in South Africa where the child ore parties reside. Much has been written in this website regarding child custody, relocation of minor children, and passport disputes. They have however not been dealt with simultaneously in one article. This is what this article intends to do. It basically provides the intertwined application of the law. With the rise in relocation and disputes regarding care and contact in South Africa, this article would be useful for many parents. However, if you wish to view some of the articles already written on the aforementioned topics, feel free to click on the following links: - Minor children born out of wedlock – Whose surname should they have? - Passport Application for my child. I cannot find ...

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. 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. For more details on how to gain child custody, click on the articles below which contain free, expert legal advice: How do I get full custody over my child? Parental child abuse in custody cases What does it mean when you have primary residential custody? What happens in custody dispute where one parent is mentally ill? How to go about getting joint custody? Joint custody however, will require both parents to be on the same page as ...

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