Frequently asked questions regarding relocation and consent when it comes to minor children

Frequently asked questions regarding relocation and consent when it comes to minor children Relocation – Are you planning on relocating to another country or moving to a different province within South Africa with your minor child? Are you concerned about the issue of consent from the other parent? Below are some frequently asked, and related questions on the topic. We would encourage you to post and answer some of the questions, or just leave a comment. Parents often decide to relocate with their minor children. However, they do not always understand the legal requirements and implications involved. For example, can they just leave the country with the minor child or do they require the other parents’ consent? Furthermore, if consent is required and refused; what are the remedies available to that parent? With regard to the issue of moving from one province to another, unless a court order stipulates otherwise, I want to learn more

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 I want to learn more

Strategies to deal with your child maintenance case – Focus on Reasonable and Necessary

How do I strategies my child maintenance case? I am struggling to grasp how to approach my maintenance matter. Please give me some advice? As with any legal matter where you have a dispute, you need to have a strategy or a plan to be successful. Without a strategy or plan, you are just hoping for the best. However, hope does not steer a boat to shore. There are some, and in most cases, a lot of work, planning and thinking. Let’s face it, the other party or parent in your legal matter also has a plan or strategy. Suppose they put the necessary energy into executing it for the intended results, or at least more than what you are putting into it; their results will favour them much more. That is so, despite all the hope you put into it. Understand the maintenance laws and how it works But I want to learn more

Child Custody, Maintenance, Divorce, Relocations and other Questions and Answers

Child Custody, Maintenance, Divorce, Relocations, and other Questions and Answers     Our Lawyer (Pty) Ltd provides professional legal advice to their clients through the following options: Face to Face (At our location in Cape Town); Telephonic (We call you on the South African Landline / Mobile number provided); Video (We make use of Skype, FaceTime, and WhatsApp Video Call) If however, you have a quick and simple family law advice question you wish to ask, feel free to post it below. There would, therefore, be no need to set-up a consultation and pay a fee.   The question may relate to any of the following: Child Maintenance; Child Custody; Divorce; Relocation of minor children; Change of minor children’s surname; Guardianship rights; Passport consent issues; Domestic violence; Parenting Plans; and so on.   Useful family law Articles Below are a few useful articles written by us. Child Relocation, Passports, Custody, I want to learn more

Consent for minor child for relocation and passport application

I intend to leave South Africa and relocate with my minor child of the National Lockdown. What do I need to be aware of? Have a look at the checklist below. With Covid-19 and the National Lockdown in South Africa, many things have changed. People re-looked their lives and started thinking differently about the future. As international travel is phasing in, relocating to another country may be something you have strongly considered. Now can you do it with your minor child? Reasons people relocate to other countries There is no reason to only live in one country for your entire life. Your work or partner in life may force you to leave South Africa and relocate to another country. Many people relocate to the United States of America, United Kingdom, Asia, and the Middle East, to mention a few. You may even want to go back to your country of I want to learn more

Questions posted on Live Q and A with Advocate Muhammad Abduroaf

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

Relocation and repatriation of minor children during the South African National Lockdown

Relocation and repatriation of minor children during the South African National lockdown. Is it possible if there is no consent from the other parent? Many parents before the lockdown had the intention to relocate to another country. It goes without saying that whatever plans they had to relocate at the start of the lockdown, was placed on hold. Having passed day 100 of the national lockdown, things have since changed.  Domestic travel has been allowed under certain circumstances and many people have been repatriated to their home countries. International travel, other than that for repatriation is allowed under certain circumstances. We advise those parents who wish to leave South Africa to consult the relevant regulations and the laws applicable to the country you wish to travel when deciding to leave South Africa. The high unemployment rate in South Africa due to the National Lockdown Then there is the issue of I want to learn more

I want to relocate with my minor child. What do I need to know with regard to the law?

Relocation with your minor child from South Africa – What are my rights? In today’s modern times, many people decide to leave South Africa and seek employment overseas or in a nearby country. The reason for that could be many. But usually, it’s because they feel they can earn much more in a different country or live a better life. Furthermore, safety and security, and medical benefits are on the list. What often happens is one parent wants to relocate, with a child, however, the other parent has an issue with it. As you will see later, the consent of both guardians is required for a minor child to leave the Republic of South Africa. Parents need to first discuss the issue of relocation before making a decision We are often approached by the parent wishing to relocate with the minor child for legal advice. It is often the mother. I want to learn more

Child Custody – Legal Advice and the Children’s Act

Child custody legal advice and services Child custody is a complex legal matter as it involves a number of factors to consider when handling a child custody case. Judging from our years of experience, we found that the parents involved often lose track of the bigger picture while emotions override. At our law offices, our job is to help parties involved keep a level head form a legal perspective and guide them as to what will be the best way forward. Sometimes a matter has been blown out of proportion while the parties involved often expect us to perform miracles – this is not how it works in the world of law. We have found that executing our legal expertise can become a very complicated ordeal when there is little co-operation. It is however, essential to highlight that the main responsibility of the family legal expert is to advise and I want to learn more

A specialized legal expert is the best way to go!

Why you should consider a specialized legal expert Having a specialized legal expert to deal with your legal matter can take a load off your shoulders and help you see things in greater perspective. When the legal expert specializes within a particular part of the law, it means they have greater insight into the legal matter. At our law offices, we are legal specialists in family law and luckily, the branches of family extend to: Child Maintenance Ante-nuptial Contact Change Matrimonial Property Regime Child Adoption Child Custody and Access Domestic Violence Protection Family Trust Registration Fast Unopposed Divorces Non-Compliance with maintenance orders Parenting Plans Postnuptial Contract Registration Pre-nikkah Agreement For an online appointment, call our law offices on 021 424 3487 and get your expert legal today. We are centrally located in the heart of the City Bowl at Suit 702, 7th Floor, The Pinnacle, corner of Burg and Strand Street, I want to learn more

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