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Divorce Lawyer – Divorces need not be difficult. With a large number of marriages ending up in divorce; surely the process should be simple. When a marriage has broken down irretrievably, life needs to go on. It is senseless to make up for your unsuccessful marriage, by trying to have a successful divorce. If there are children involved, there is even more reason not to fight. And if there are no children involved, the only outstanding issues would be property. But if you were married out of Community of Property, there is no need to fight at all. This is where a good divorce lawyer comes in.

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This article does not deal with the procedural aspects of a divorce. Other articles on this website deal with that. The aim of this article is for you to search and find a good divorce lawyer, attorney, or advocate that has your best interests at heard. In other words, not there to make a small fortune off you, at the expense of your well being and that of your family. Below you would find a consent paper, with reasonable terms, that can be customised accordingly.

How should divorce lawyers deal with divorce matters?

Not all divorces are the same. But the reality is, not all divorces need to be a fight. The only persons that benefit from a long drawn out divorce are lawyers. And once the funds dry out, so too does the divorce lawyer’s energy for your case.

In our view, the first thing the divorce lawyers should do when approached by a client for a divorce is to resolve it expeditiously. This can be done by trying to call both parties into a round table meeting. This is where all issues are unpacked. If that is not possible, send the other side a reasonable settlement agreement. In that way, before huge sums of money are wasted on legal costs; matters can be resolved in a cost effective manner.

Have a look at the Settlement Agreement below which should be part of any good divorce lawyer’s templates. It is reasonable an one that should be accepted by the other side with due amendments.

Divorce Attorney Cape Town
Divorce Attorney Cape Town

EXAMPLE OF A CONSENT PAPER

IN   THE   HIGH   COURT OF SOUTH   AFRICA

(WESTERN CAPE DIVISION, CAPE TOWN)

CASE NO:          /18

In the matter between:

 

JOHN SMITH                                                                    PLAINTIFF

 

 

 

and

 

 

JANE SMITH                                                                   DEFENDANT

 

 

CONSENT PAPER

 

INTRODUCTION

THE PARTIES, as described above, were married to each other on XXX, at XXX, Cape Town, Western Cape, and the marriage still so subsists;

THREE (3) MINOR CHILDREN, namely, XXX (hereafter together referred to as “the minor children”), were born from the marriage;

THE PARTIES find it unfortunate, and are in agreement that the marriage has broken down irretrievably and that there is no reasonable prospect of the restoration of a normal relationship between them;

AND THEREFORE, the Parties both wish for a divorce, dissolving the marriage between them, which divorce both parties would co-operate in finalising as friendly and as speedily as possible;

AND WHEREAS the Parties have arrived at an Agreement relating, inter alia, to parental responsibilities and rights, proprietary rights and costs of suit, which agreement the Parties desire to record in writing and have incorporated in the Final Order of Divorce in the event of the above Honourable Court seeing it fit to grant a Final Decree of Divorce dissolving the marriage between the Parties.

NOW THEREFORE THESE SAID PARTIES AGREES AS FOLLOWS:

  1. PERSONAL MAINTENANCE
    • Each Party hereby waives his or her claim to personal maintenance, past, present and future from the other Party, if any;
  2. PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND RIGHTS
    • The Parties are to remain co-holders of parental responsibilities and rights in respect of the minor children in terms of the Children’s Act, 38 of 2005 (“the Children’s Act”) as follows:
      • The Parties are to remain co-holders of guardianship over the minor children as provided for in Section 18(2(c), 18(3), 18(4) and 18(5) of the Children’s Act; and
      • The Parties are to remain co-holders of parental responsibilities and rights of care and contact in respect of the minor children as provided for in Section 18(2)(a) and (b) of the Children’s Act.
    • The Parties’ rights of care and contact shall be implemented as follows:
      • The minor children shall reside primarily with Plaintiff who shall be their primary care-giver; and
      • Defendant shall have reasonable contact with the minor children as follows unless agreed to otherwise between the Parties:
        • Every alternative weekend, commencing from Friday 15:00 until 17:00 on the Sunday;
        • Every Tuesday preceding his weekend of contact from 17:00 to 20:00; and
        • Every Thursday succeeding his weekend of contact from 17:00 to 20:00.
      • School Holidays
        • Equal sharing of long and short school holidays, in that the minor children shall reside one half with Plaintiff and the other with Defendant which shall alternate each year.
      • Special Days Contact
      • The Plaintiff and/or the Defendant, as the case may be, shall further have contact with the minor children on the following days for 3 (three) hours notwithstanding in whose care the minor children are in on those days:
        • Christmas Day;
        • The minor children’s birthday;
        • Father’s Day and Mother’s Day; and
        • The Parties’ birthday.
      • The Parties shall have telephonic contact with the minor children on a regular basis whilst the minor children are in the other’s care;
      • Notwithstanding the above, the Parties shall have reasonable contact with the minor children at all times, provided that any additional contact shall be arranged telephonically and shall only take place by prior arrangement and consensus between the Parties; and
      • The Parties shall respect each other’s privacy and shall not enter each other’s homes at any time without prior invitation, whether for the purpose of fetching or returning the minor children or any other reason whatsoever.
    • JOINT DECISION MAKING
      • The Parties shall make joint decisions about the following aspects of the minor children’s life:
        • Major decisions about the minor children’s schooling and tertiary education;
        • Major decisions about the minor children’s physical care, mental health care and medical care;
        • Major decisions about the minor children’s religious and spiritual upbringing;
        • Decisions about the minor children’s residence both within and outside the Cape Peninsula;
        • Decisions which are likely to significantly change the minor children’s living conditions or to have an adverse effect on their well-being; and
        • Decisions which affect the minor children’s everyday care and daily routine shall be made by the party in whose care the minor children are in at the relevant time.
  1. FACILITATION
    • A facilitator shall be appointed by the parties jointly to facilitate and assist in resolving disputes between the parties relating to the minor children;
    • These disputes shall include contact disputes should one party feel that contact should be increased or decreased, or varied for either party;
    • In the event of the facilitator being unable to continue as facilitator, then he/she shall appoint a facilitator in his/her place, alternatively, or should the parties be unable to agree on the appointment of a facilitator or replacement facilitator, such facilitator or replacement facilitator as the case may be shall be appointed by the chairperson for the time being of FAMAC (Western Cape);
    • In the event of the parties being unable to reach agreement in respect of a dispute, with the assistance of the facilitator, then the facilitator shall be entitled to issue a directive in respect of such dispute which shall be valid of full legal force and effect and binding upon the parties until a court of competent jurisdiction Orders differently;
    • The facilitator shall be entitled in his/her sole discretion to appoint such other person as may be necessary in order to make a decision in respect of the issue in dispute, including the right to co-opt a facilitator or the assistance of an appropriate expert if he/she deems it appropriate or necessary; and
    • The cost of sessions with the facilitator and the services of the expert shall be shared equally between the parties unless otherwise directed by the facilitator. Each Party shall, however, be liable for the facilitator’s costs incurred attendant upon such party’s written and telephonic communications with the facilitator.
  2. CHILD MAINTENANCE
    • Defendant shall pay an amount of R XXX – 00 (XXX Rand) per month per child, in respect of child maintenance;
    • The aforementioned amounts are payable on or before the 1st day of each and every succeeding month from the date of the Divorce. The said sum shall be paid into such bank account as Plaintiff may nominate from time to time;
    • The child maintenance payable shall increase annually on the 1st day of January each year, in accordance with the rise that has taken place in the preceding 12 (Twelve) months in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the Republic of South Africa, as determined by the Director of Statistics or its equivalent for persons in the middle-income group;
    • Plaintiff shall retain Alyssa Skye Abrahams, on her current medical aid scheme, or a similar scheme with similar benefits;
    • Defendant shall retain Joel Malcolm Abrahams, on his current medical aid scheme, or similar scheme with similar benefits;
    • Both Parties would be responsible, in equal shares in respect of the minor children for all reasonable medical, psychological, physiotherapy, dental, ophthalmic, pharmaceutical, hospitalization and prescribed medication costs, incurred, and not covered by the latter medical aid schemes.
    • If the minor children display aptitudes and qualify for tertiary education, then both Parties shall be responsible in equal shares for all the costs associated with such tertiary education, which shall include, but not limited to, tuition, textbooks, transport, and boarding if necessary. In this regard, if one Party paid for an educational expense in full, he or she shall accordingly be reimbursed with half the expense within 7 (seven) days of being showed proof of such expense.
  3. THE JOINT ESTATE OF THE PARTIES SHALL BE DIVIDED AS FOLLOWS:
    • Defendant’s Investment Policy
      • XXX
    • MOTOR VEHICLES
      • XXX
  1. BALANCE OF THE JOINT ESTATE
    • The balance of the Joint Estate shall equally be divided between the Parties.
  2. OBLIGATIONS BINDING ON ESTATE
    • The obligations in terms of this Consent Paper shall be binding on the parties’ respective estates, heirs, administrators and/or assigns.
  3. FULL AND FINAL SETTLEMENT
    • This Agreement is a full and final settlement of all outstanding differences between them, and save as herein provided, neither party shall enjoy any personal claim against the other.
  4. COSTS
    • Each party shall pay their own legal costs associated with the divorce.

 

 

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