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Amplifying the Child’s Voice: Navigating Family Law in South Africa.

The principle of the child's voice in South African family law represents a fundamental aspect of the legal system’s commitment to ensuring that children's rights and welfare are prioritized in…

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Justice Prevails: Navigating International Child Abduction Law with Precision and Compassion. – MB v LC and Another (21586/2023) [2024] ZAWCHC 61 (29 February 2024).

Introduction and Background The case adjudicated by Justice J Cloete, delves into a dispute under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. This matter revolves around…

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Navigating Family Dynamics: Granting Relocation Orders for Minor Children’s Best Interests. – H F v P F ; In Re: E F and Others (2022/028593) [2024] ZAGPJHC 88 (31 January 2024).

Introduction to the Interim Removal Application for Minor Children On 21 June 2023, NDLOKOVANE AJ delivered a pivotal order addressing the contested interim removal of three minor children, aged 14,…

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Deciphering the Best Interests: A Legal Analysis of a Child’s Schooling in Divorce – U.R v S.B and Others (2024-001357) [2024] ZAGPJHC 55 (25 January 2024)

Introduction: Urgent School Enrollment Dispute In this urgent legal matter brought before the court on 11 January 2024, the core issue revolved around the schooling of a minor child amidst…

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Insights from the Bench: Navigating Post-Divorce Parenting and Child’s Best Interests. – L.B v LAE (8551/2022) [2023] ZAGPPHC 1265 (21 November 2023).

Erasmus AJ Background This case revolved around the amendment of a parenting plan and a divorce order concerning the contact between the applicant (father) and the minor child, AMB. The…

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Navigating International Waters: A South African Family Law Case on Child Relocation to Dubai. – TS v S D D – Case Number: 7389/2023 – 20 November 2023.

Holderness AJ INTRODUCTION Application by the Mother: The applicant, the mother of two children, S (15 years old) and K (11 years old), sought several legal reliefs. These included: Permission…

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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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The Balancing Act: When Uncles Step In. A Child’s Best Interests, and How a South African Court Navigated Familial Bonds.

D.T and Another v M.A.M.F (2023/032929) ZAGPJHC 1204 (24 October 2023) Background and Points in Limine The case revolved around the first and second applicants, who were the uncles of…

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Setting the Standard: A Comprehensive High Court Judgment on Family Law That Redefines Attorney Conduct and The Views of the Child.

C.T v T.E.T (9685/2022) ZAWCHC 262 (13 October 2023) Court and Case Details The case was heard in the High Court of South Africa, Western Cape Division, Cape Town, presided…

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