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Contempt of Court in Divorce Proceedings: Lessons from L.M.G V J.M.G (124145/2023) [2024] ZAGPPHC 672 (9 July 2024).

The Importance of Obeying Court Orders in South Africa In the recent High Court judgment of L.M.G v J.M.G (124145/2023) ZAGPPHC 672 (9 July 2024), Judge Swanepoel emphasised the critical…

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The Two-Pot Retirement System and Maintenance: Revolutionising Divorce Settlements in South Africa under the Pension Funds Amendment Bill 2024.

Introduction South Africa's financial landscape is on the brink of a significant transformation with the imminent implementation of the Two-Pot retirement system on 1 September 2024. This innovative approach to…

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Navigating the Maze: Forum Shopping and Urgency in Family Law – Insights from D.G.S.F v M.F and Another (347/2024) [2024] ZAFSHC 207.

Background: A High-Stakes Rule 43 Application The case of D.G.S.F v M.F and Another (347/2024) ZAFSHC 207 (2 July 2024) centres on a contentious Rule 43 application in the Free…

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Navigating the Legal Landscape of Surrogacy in South Africa: Current Law and Recent Developments.

Introduction In navigating the complex terrain of starting a family, many South Africans are turning to surrogacy as a viable option. The Surrogacy Law in South Africa plays a pivotal…

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Case on Same-Sex Couples and Artificial Fertilisation: A.V and Another v D.C and Others (40522/19) [2024] ZAGPJHC 626 (26 June 2024) – Balancing Parental Rights and Child’s Best Interests

Introduction In A.V and Another v D.C and Others (40522/19) ZAGPJHC 626 (26 June 2024), the applicants, AV and NZ, and the first respondent, DC, initially believed that certain sections…

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Grandparent Rights Upheld: High Court Rejects Father’s Bid to Rescind Contact Order in K.R.S v C.L (A186/2023) [2024] ZAGPPHC 627(21 June 2024).

Background: The Children's Court Order and Family Dynamics The case of K.R.S v C.L (A186/2023) ZAGPPHC 627 stems from a complex family dispute involving a father, his children's maternal grandmother,…

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Mastering Emotional Intelligence: The Game-Changer for Family Lawyers.

Emotional Intelligence: A Key Skill for Family Lawyers Family law practitioners, despite their best intentions and legal expertise, often fall prey to common pitfalls that can significantly impact their effectiveness…

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Balancing Luxury and Justice: High-Stakes Divorce and Child Maintenance in L.E.A v A.J.A (990/2024) [2024] ZANWHC 142 – (21 June 2024).

Background: A High-Stakes Rule 43 Application Imagine a prominent business executive, Mr. A.J.A, and his spouse, Mrs. L.E.A, who live a life of luxury in a R25 million home, frequently…

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Solomon’s Dilemma in the Digital Age: SCA Navigates International Child Abduction in C.A.R v Central Authority (737/2023) [2024] ZASCA 103 (21 June 2024).

Background of the Case: What Led to the Supreme Court of Appeal? In the annals of legal history, cases involving child custody (care and contact) often evoke the wisdom of…

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Life-Long Spousal Maintenance Upheld: M.T v E.T (8197/2018) [2024] ZAGPJHC 578 (20 June 2024).

Background: A 28-Year Marriage Comes to an End The case of M.T v E.T (8197/2018) ZAGPJHC 578 (20 June 2024) presents a moving tale of a long-term marriage's dissolution and…

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