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Safeguarding Access to Courts in Maintenance Matters: The Supreme Court of Appeal’s Judgement in VJ v VJ and Another (258/2023) [2024] ZASCA 92 (11 June 2024).

The Background: A Matrimonial Dispute Turns into an Arbitrability Question The recent judgment in VJ v VJ and Another (258/2023) ZASCA 92 (11 June 2024) has shed light on a…

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M.N v A.L.N (094387/23) [2024] ZAGPPHC 402 (22 April 2024): High Court Dismisses Lengthy Rule 43 Application as an Abuse of Process.

Background of the Rule 43 Application In the case of M.N v A.L.N (094387/23) ZAGPPHC 402 (22 April 2024), the applicant launched a Rule 43 application on 27 November 2023,…

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Constitutionality of Barring Appeals Against Rule 43 Orders: S v S and Another (Centre for Child Law as Amicus Curiae) 2019 (6) SA 1 (CC).

Introduction: The Facts and Procedural History of S v S and Another The Constitutional Court case of S v S and Another (Centre for Child Law as Amicus Curiae) 2019…

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High Court Upholds Writ of Execution for Unpaid Maintenance Despite Forum Challenge. – M.R v L.O and Others (2023/070007) [2024] ZAGPJHC 371, (16 April 2024).

Facts of the Case M.R v L.O and Others revolves around a dispute between former spouses over allegedly unpaid child maintenance. When the parties divorced, their divorce order incorporated a…

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Dysfunction in South Africa’s Family Law System: Insights from a Groundbreaking Report. – March 2024.

Introduction South Africa is renowned for having some of the most progressive family law legislation in the world, including the Children's Act 38 of 2005, the Domestic Violence Act 116…

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Deciphering Divorce: A Rule 43 Ruling on Maintenance and a Contribution to Legal Costs – M Q v V S (0221062023) 2024 ZAGPJHC 188 (23 February 2024).

Introduction to the Application for Maintenance and Legal Contributions In this Rule 43 application the court was presented with an intricate application concerning the financial sustenance and legal cost contributions…

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Rule 43 Unpacked: Navigating Interim Maintenance in MD v RJD (053357/2022) [2024] ZAGPPHC 79 (5 February 2024).

Introduction In the case of MD v RJD (053357/2022) ZAGPPHC 79 (5 February 2024), the Gauteng Division of the High Court delved into the complexities of interim maintenance for children…

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Navigating Divorce: A.R.S (born K) v M.S.S (2427/2021) [2024] ZALMPPHC 10 (30 January 2024) and Forfeiture Insights.

Introduction and Background of the Case In the matter of A.R.S (born K) vs M.S.S (2427/2021) ZALMPPHC 10, delivered on 30 January 2024 by SIKHWARI AJ, the plaintiff initiated divorce…

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Unraveling Justice: The Thomas v Balepile Case and South Africa’s Maintenance Law Maze. – Thomas v Balepile (61/2021; CA&R 68/23) [2024] ZANCHC 4 (26 January 2024).

Introduction In a recent and significant decision, Thomas v Balepile (61/2021; CA&R 68/23) ZANCHC 4, delivered on 26 January 2024, the High Court of South Africa, Northern Cape Division, under…

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Navigating Parental Maintenance Obligations and Mastering Legal Exceptions: The KGANYAGO J Judgment in Context. – U.DJ v J.H.O (9169/2022) [2024] ZALMPPHC 2 (15 January 2024).

Background and Plaintiff’s Claims The case involves the plaintiff and defendant, who are the parents of a child now of majority age. Following the breakdown of their relationship, the child…

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