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Expanding Family Boundaries: Navigating Non-Biological Guardianship Rights – R.C v H.S.C (A5033/22) [2023] ZAGPJHC 219; 2023 (4) SA 231 (GJ).

1. Introduction In this case the High Court delved deeply into the intricacies of guardianship, contact, and care rights under the Children's Act, with a keen focus on the welfare…

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Safeguarding Orphans’ Future: Lessons from the Welgemoed v Potgieter Guardianship Dispute. – Welgemoed and Another v Potgieter and Others (88660/2019) [2024] ZAGPPHC 13 (2 January 2024).

Introduction to the Case The matter of Welgemoed and Another v Potgieter and Others (88660/2019) presented before the Gauteng Division, Pretoria High Court, captivates with its sorrowful premise, underpinning the…

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Navigating Turbulent Waters: A Case Study on Parental Rights and the Complex Dynamics of Family Law. – G.D v M.M (4809/2022) [2024] ZAGPJHC 65 (29 January 2024)

INTRODUCTION The Applicant's Request: The applicant sought an order to be declared the sole holder of parental responsibilities and rights concerning guardianship and care of the minor child. This included…

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Justice Prevails: A Landmark Twelve-Month Sentence Upholding the Child’s Best Interests. – B.M.G.S v M.B.S and Others (26675/2022) [2024] ZAGPPHC 24 (8 January 2024).

Introduction In this case presided over by Justice Phahlane, the applicant, Mr. S, approached the Gauteng High Court on an urgent basis. The case centred around the contempt of two…

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Balancing Privacy and Children’s Best Interests: Insights from W.B v R.B and Another (D8141/2022) [2023] ZAKZDHC 96 (18 December 2023).

Introduction In the case of W.B v R.B and Another, presided over by Henriques J, the court faced a complex interlocutory application. This case, filed under case number D8141/2022 and…

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Navigating the Shift: How South African Immigration Law is Evolving to Protect Family Rights – Rayment and Others v Minister of Home Affairs and Others; Anderson and Others v Minister of Home Affairs and Others (CCT 176/22) [2023] ZACC 40 (4 December 2023)

Introduction and Factual Background Chief Justice Zondo, along with Justices Kollapen, Madlanga, Majiedt, Makgoka, Mathopo, Potterill, Rogers, and Theron, presided over two applications seeking confirmation of an order of constitutional…

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Constitutional Court’s Insightful Interpretation of the Hague Convention’s Article 13(b) in a Pivotal International Child Custody Case – Ad Hoc Central Authority for RSA and Another v Heidi Nicole Koch N.O. and Another [2023] ZACC 37.

FACTS This case involves a complex international child custody dispute under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Here is a summary of the key facts:…

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Listening to the Unheard: How a South African Court Prioritised Children’s Voices in a Landmark Care and Contact Decision.

C D v M D (093505/2023) ZAGPPHC 1231 (7 November 2023) A. Introduction Unnecessary Litigation in Family Disputes In this case, the court highlighted the issue of unnecessary litigation in…

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Understanding the New Children’s Act 17 of 2022: A Landmark Shift in South African Family Law.

Introduction The South African legal landscape witnessed a significant legislative shift with the enactment of the Children's Amendment Act 17 of 2022. This landmark change introduced the jurisdiction of Children's…

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