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Family and Divorce Law Specialist .

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Articles and News on Family and Divorce Law in South Africa

Man ordered to pay R3 million in maintenance 29 years after divorce

In the case of Simon Roy Arcus v Jill Henree Arcus (4/2021) [2022] ZASCA 9 the Supreme Court of Appeal dealt with the interpretation of s 11(a)(ii) of the Prescription Act 68 of 1969, namely whether a maintenance order is a judgment debt, subject to 30 years’ prescription period, or any other debt, subject to three years’ […]

New Law – No Fault Divorce England and Wales

Lawyers in England and Wales are getting ready for an increase in divorce cases given new legislation allowing couples to end their marriage without having to pin the blame on on each other. The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 will come into effect in April in England and Wales. The Act 2020 will be […]

Be careful, living together may cost you half of your assets when you breakup.

Some case law in South Africa has far reaching consequences for unmarried couples who live together. In one case the court concluded that an unmarried woman who devoted all her time, effort and energy in promoting the interests of both parties by maintaining their common home in raising their children was entitled to 30 % of her partner’s net asset […]