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UNLOCKING THE LEGAL MYSTERIES OF UNIVERSAL PARTNERSHIPS: NAVIGATING SOUTH AFRICA’S MODERN RELATIONSHIP LANDSCAPE.

OVERVIEW OF LEGAL RECOGNITION OF UNIVERSAL PARTNERSHIPS Definition and Essence Universal partnerships, in legal terms, refer to a form of partnership where individuals share their lives and resources in a…

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Dividing the Fruits of A Universal Partnership – The Prescription Dilemma in Khan v Shaik (641/2019) [2020] ZASCA 108.

Introduction In the Supreme Court of Appeal case of Khan v Shaik (641/2019) ZASCA 108, the South African courts grappled with a nuanced and complex question: Can a claim for…

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Unveiling the Invisible Ties: How a Landmark Case Redefined Universal Partnerships in South Africa. – L.L v C.H NO and Others (A018010/2023) [2023] ZAGPJHC 1440 (12 December 2023).

Introduction In the case involving LL (Appellant) and CH N.O. (First Respondent) among others, the central issue revolved around the existence of a universal partnership between LL and the late…

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The Unexpected Counsellor – A Divorce Lawyer’s Strategies to Navigate Love and Avoid Heartbreak.

About the Book In the intricate dance of relationships, where every step counts and every misstep matters, Bertus Preller's latest book, "The Unexpected Counsellor," emerges as a beacon of wisdom…

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Landmark Ruling: South Africa’s Constitutional Court Declares Section 40 of the Children’s Act Unconstitutional, Affirming Parental Rights for Same-Sex Couples.

VJV AND ANOTHER v MINISTER OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND ANOTHER ZACC 21 - 29 JUNE 2023 The Constitutional Court ruled on an application for validation of a constitutional invalidity that…

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Landmark Constitutional Court Ruling: Equal Access to Family Advocate Services for All Parents in South Africa.

CENTRE FOR CHILD LAW V T S AND OTHERS ZACC 22 - 29 June 2023 THE FACTS The facts of the Centre for Child Law v T S and Others…

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Life Partnerships and Maintenance – Dissenting Judgement E.W v V.H [2023] ZAWCHC 58 (17 March 2023)

There is no doubt that the matter of E.W v V.H (12272/2022) ZAWCHC 58 (17 March 2023) will advance to the Constitutional Court for clarity on whether a duty of…

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The Declining Marriage Rate in South Africa.

Marriages are increasingly becoming less common in South Africa. According to the Marriages and Divorce, 2020 report published by Statistics South Africa, the total number of people getting married has…

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Landmark Application, Interim Maintenance in a Life Partnership.

In earlier articles I made mention of an application that will be argued in the High Court Cape Town on 20 January 2023 before 3 Judges. The Women’s Legal Centre…

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