Steps for changing your marriage from in community of property to out of community of property

Changing your matrimonial property regime from in community of property to out of community of property Are you married? Do you know what is your matrimonial property regime? To register your Antenuptial Contact, Click here. Are you married in Community of Property? Do you want to change your matrimonial property regime to Out of Community of Property? Did you not know that a marriage Out of Community of Property was possible when getting married? There is legal relief for you and your spouse. In Community of Property All civil marriages are automatically In Community of Property.  This means that there is one estate shared between wife and husband. Therefore, if anyone of the spouses incurs a debt, that debt belongs to both of them. Out of Community of Property The other option is to get married Out of Community of Property. This means that there are two separate estates and I want to learn more

Uncontested and Contested Divorce in South Africa

Uncontested divorce in South Africa First of all, what is an uncontested divorce? An uncontested divorce is a divorce in which both parties are in agreement with. Divorces of this nature takes less time and money and allows parties to pick up the pieces and move on with their lives quicker. The procedure for unopposed or uncontested divorces are simpler and straight to the point. Because both parties are already in agreement of the divorce, a formal trial is not necessary but the guidance of a legal expert may still be important. There may well be other factors relevant to the divorce, such as child custody, child maintenance and splitting of assets. This may not necessary slow down the process but the legal expert will have to work at helping the parties reach a common ground legally. For a professional legal consultation, contact our law offices on 021 424 3487 and I want to learn more

My child is 22 years old, do I still have a legal obligation to pay child maintenance?

I need to know, when does a parent’s obligation to pay child maintenance end? Paying child maintenance, or maintaining their child, is the legal obligation of every parent. A parent does not have a choice in this matter. However, the level and standard of contribution are dependent on the means of the parent. In this article, we will look at the aspect of when does child maintenance come to an end. In this regard, we will look at two situations, one where there is a maintenance order in place and the other where there is not. However, before proceeding with those issues, let us first deal with the issue of who should pay child maintenance. Pay child maintenance according to your means The law expects a parent to provide child support according to their respective memes. What this entails, is that a parent should only pay what he or she I want to learn more

How to Apply for Child Maintenance at Court – Step by Step Guide and Advice

ABC guide to applying for Child Support/Child Maintenance Child Maintenance Guide: Written by Advocate Muhammad Abduroaf The procedures to be followed in instituting a complaint for child maintenance are regulated by the Maintenance Act 99 of 1998. Below is a simple “ABC” guide to get you started in claiming maintenance for yourself, your children or dependents. This I wrote in order to encourage people to claim needed maintenance for their children or for themselves. Remember, the Maintenance Court would be more than happy to assist you with whatever other legal queries you may have. Before I deal with the simple steps that should be followed in claiming maintenance, I shall first deal with the following question: Q: From whom may maintenance be claimed? A: Maintenance may be claimed from persons who have a legal obligation to maintain you. For instance, children can claim maintenance from their parents or a wife from her I want to learn more

Passport Application for my child. I cannot find the father to give consent at the Department of Home Affairs

Passport Application for a minor child: Mother cannot find the father to provide the necessary consent at the Department of Home Affairs. The Application is therefore refused. Passport Application for a minor child: It is not easy being a single parent, and at the same time, the primary caregiver of the child. This is even so where the other parent pays child support and regularly sees the child. This article deals with the situation where the father of the child is missing. He, therefore, does not pay any child support, nor has a relationship with the child. This causes a problem when it comes to issues of guardianship rights. For example, when the mother wants to enrol the child in a school or provide medical consent. The question would always arise – “where is the father?”, or “did the father give his consent?” When it comes to official matters, for I want to learn more

5 vital things all parents going through a divorce or separation should know

Child custody, guardianship and visitation (parental responsibilities and rights) – What do I need to know should I be going through a divorce or separation? Although it is not ideal, it often happens that parents divorce or break up. Their romantic or spousal relationship may have come to an end, but their co-parenting relationship continues if they have a child together. They need to be the best co-parents possible for their child. This should be the case despite their failed marriage or relationship. Sadly, sometimes the civility the parents had for each other does not transcend beyond their divorce or separation. Some parents in this situation have unresolved issues. It then often happens that the child becomes a victim of the conflict that ensures. They often use the child as a pawn to settle unresolved differences. This situation is not in the child’s best interest. What follows are five things I want to learn more

Amendments to the Maintenance Act – Changes that took place in 2018 – Know your rights

Amendments to the Maintenance Act – Final Changes that took place in 2018 – Know your rights Parents have a legal obligation to maintain their children. The same applies to spouses who have to maintain each other, and so on. This obligation should be exercised naturally. In other words, even if a parent did not know of the law enforcing child support, he or she should have a natural inclination to do so. Unfortunately, the true reality is that it is not the case. Countless parents are taken to the maintenance court every year due to not supporting, or inadequately supporting their children. And to be fair, there are parents who abuse the maintenance process who takes the parent to court who is already adequately contributing. Now, for the maintenance enforcement process to function, working mechanisms need to be in place. This is where the Maintenance Act 99 of 1998, 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

Parenting Plans- Co-Parenting- Cape Town

What is a parenting plan? A parenting plan is a written document that outlines the duties and responsibilities of parents after a divorce. A well-drafted plan will reflect the best interests of the child. Visit schedules, visitation rights and custody rights forms the foundation of a parenting plan. A parenting plan can be seen as a shared legal contract or mutual agreement between parents after a divorce. Are parenting plans legally binding? Parenting plans are not necessary legally enforceable. Circumstantially, if a parent fails to comply with an agreement, the court will not intervene.  A parenting plan is to find a common ground between parents to reinforce their rights and responsibilities after divorce. What to include in a parenting plan Parenting plans form part of Family Law. Your family legal expert should be able to guide you through the process of drafting your parenting plan. At Our Lawyer Pty Ltd, I want to learn more

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers on Wills – Last Wills and Testaments

Questions and Answers on Wills – Last Wills and Testaments Do you have any specific question on you last Will and Testament similar to that below? If yes, feel free to post it below. How do I write a will for free? Is a handwritten will legal? Are handwritten wills legal in Cape Town? Do you have to go to a lawyer to make a will? Can you just write a will and get it notarized? How do I go about making a will for free? What are the requirements to make a will? What is in a simple will? Is a will valid if it is not notarized? What is a holographic will? What is the average cost of making a will? What are the requirements for a valid will? Do wills have to be dated? Is a handwritten will valid in the South Africa? Can family witness a I want to learn more

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