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Balancing Parental Rights and the Best Interests of the Child in High-Conflict Care and Contact Cases. – TH v CH (14667/2022) [2024] ZAWCHC 100 (9 April 2024).

Introduction In TH v CH (14667/2022) ZAWCHC 100 (9 April 2024), the Western Cape High Court heard a case between divorced parents, TH (the father and applicant) and CH (the…

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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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Navigating the Waters of International Child Relocation: A Legal Deep Dive into R.H v N.M (12871/2021) [2024] ZAWCHC 77 (11 March 2024).

Navigating International Custody Disputes: Insights from RH v NM In the matter of RH v NM, the Western Cape High Court delved into a complex international custody dispute, providing significant…

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Navigating Complex Family Dynamics: Care and Contact and Expert Assessments in Same-Sex Families Section 23 of the Children’s Act. – DR v NM and Another (3358/2024) [2024] ZAWCHC 69 (5 March 2024). Lekhuleni J.

Introduction Section 23 of the Children's Act 38 of 2005 emerged as a critical pillar in the court's analysis, offering a legal avenue for individuals seeking contact or care of…

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Unraveling Legal Mysteries: The Rescission of Divorce Decrees in South African Law. – E S v J S (2011/19961) [2024] ZAGPJHC 164 (19 February 2024).

Introduction to the Case of E S v J S In the intriguing case of E S v J S (2011/19961) ZAGPJHC 164, adjudicated on 19 February 2024, the court…

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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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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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Contempt and Conduct in Divorce Disputes: Navigating the Thin Line Between Legal Obligations and Personal Responsibility. – J.S.H v M.S.H and Others (1308/2024) [2024] ZAWCHC 42 (16 February 2024).

Background and Proceedings Initiated The case of J.S.H v M.S.H and Others, heard in the Western Cape High Court on 26 January 2024, under the judgment of Adhikari AJ, arose…

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Navigating Family Dynamics: A Comprehensive Analysis of a Rule 43 Application. – T E v V E (2023/021747) [2024] ZAGPJHC 94 (2 February 2024).

Introduction: The Complexity of Rule 43 Applications Rule 43 applications serve as a pivotal yet challenging facet of divorce proceedings, offering a singular affidavit to each litigant to encapsulate a…

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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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