Tag: Family Law

27
May

Siblings Feuding Over a Business: Can You Get a Domestic Violence Protection Order?

Article courtesy of Law Dot News | Family Law - Domestic Violence Protection Order Can You Get a Domestic Violence Protection Order? “It is the purpose of this Act to afford the victims of domestic violence the maximum protection from domestic abuse that the law can provide” (Domestic Violence Act) When sibling rivalry escalates into physical or psychological abuse, victims
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29
Jan

A Valentine’s Day Thought for Life Partners: What is a “Universal Partnership”?

Article courtesy of Law Dot News | Wills & Estate Planning | Family Law | Wills What is a “Universal Partnership”? “Marriage is the chief cause of divorce” (Groucho Marx) This Valentine’s Day, think about the legal aspects of your romantic relationship. They’re a lot less exciting than the traditional declarations of love backed up by chocolates and flowers, but
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26
Oct

How Does the New Divorce Act Ruling Affect You?

Article courtesy of Law Dot News | Family Law How Does the New Divorce Act Ruling Affect You? Family Law – Media reports of the recent Constitutional Court decision holding a section of the Divorce Act unconstitutional and giving Parliament 24 months to remedy that haven’t always been clear about who needs to be aware of this, and who doesn’t.

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26
May

Maintenance Claims and Life Partners

Article courtesy of Law Dot News | Family Law | Litigation Maintenance Claims and Life Partners More and more couples are opting to live together as permanent life partners rather than enter into a formal marriage. The risk for such couples is that whilst our law is steadily (if slowly and cautiously) extending many of the protections of formal marriage
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26
Oct

It’s Wedding Season – Three Questions to Ask Before You Marry

Article courtesy of Law Dot News | Family Law It’s Wedding Season – Three Questions to Ask Before You Marry “Marriage is a matter of more worth / Than to be dealt in by attorneyship” (Shakespeare) Wedding Season is well and truly upon us, and if you (or anyone near and dear to you) is busy planning for marriage (note that
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26
Jul

The Trouble with Family Loans: A R540,000 Lesson

Article courtesy of Law Dot News | Family Law | Credit Law | Debit Recovery The Trouble with Family Loans: A R540,000 Lesson “How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child!” (Shakespeare) “Family helps family in times of need” - that’s been part of human culture since long before the dawn of history but be
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27
Jun

Trusts on Divorce: Are You Stuck with an Ex-Spouse as Trustee?

Article courtesy of Law Dot News | Family Law - Trusts on Divorce Trusts on Divorce: Are You Stuck with an Ex-Spouse as Trustee? “Love is grand. Divorce is a hundred grand.” (Anon) That’s a great scenario whilst the marriage prospers, but what happens on divorce? A recent High Court decision addressed one such scenario – Trusts may be formed
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26
May

New Ruling on Divorce Assets: How Does it Affect You?

Article courtesy of Law Dot News | Family Law - Divorce Assets New Ruling on Divorce Assets: How Does it Affect You? “…the inequality at hand is caused when, after the conclusion of the marriage, a distortion is caused by the fact that one spouse contributes directly or indirectly to the other's maintenance or the increase of the other's estate
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29
Mar

What Can You Do When Someone Close to You Has No Control Over Their Spending?

Article courtesy of Law Dot News | Family Law “A prodigal is a person who, through some defect of character or will, squanders his or her assets with such abandon that he or she threatens to reduce himself or herself and/or her dependents to destitution” (extract from judgment below) What can you do when someone you know (often but not
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4
Jan

Divorce: Claiming Interim Maintenance and a Contribution to Legal Costs

Article courtesy of Law Dot News | Family Law Divorce: Claiming Interim Maintenance and a Contribution to Legal Costs Even if your marriage is collapsing around you, you might be afraid to sue for divorce because you have no money to survive on, plus you know that a hotly contested divorce might take years to finalise while your breadwinner spouse
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