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Widow's customary marriage ruled valid

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 30 June 2020
Tags: #Family Law #Litigation #Marriage and Divorce Law
Fezile Mlamla – whose in-laws contested the legitimacy of her customary marriage to their son after his death – has had her marriage retrospectively confirmed as legal.

Marriage contract without court approval dismissed

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 27 May 2020
Tags: #Civil Rights #Family Law #Litigation
The Constitutional Court has dismissed an application which sought an answer as to whether or not a post-nuptial agreement entered into by the parties during their marriage – without court supervision – is valid and enforceable, says a TimesLIVE report.

Victory for 'invisible children' of unwed fathers

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 21 May 2020
Tags: #Civil Rights #Family Law
In a victory for ‘invisible, undocumented children’, unwed fathers will soon be able to register the births of their children without the mother being present or giving consent.

No excuse not to pay maintenance, says expert

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 05 May 2020
Tags: #Family Law #Health Care & Social #Litigation
As the Covid-19 lockdown bites into earnings, the legal community is reporting a significant increase in maintenance queries. However, notes a BusinessLIVE report, Advocate Muhammad Abduroaf, of legal advice consultancy Our Lawyer, says parents cannot unilaterally decide to reduce maintenance, and getting a court to revise your maintenance order may not be possible until after the lockdown.

Courts shutdown hits struggling mothers

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 20 April 2020
Tags: #Family Law #Health Care & Social #Litigation
The lockdown has hit maintenance payments, with normally reliable fathers seemingly being turned into delinquent dads. Many fathers are defaulting on maintenance payments, and with the courts in shutdown mode anxious mothers have little recourse.

Employees: Your New Rights to Paternity and Parental Leave

By Ashersons Attorneys Published on Monday, 03 February 2020
Tags: #Civil Rights #Family Law #Health Care & Social
The concept of “maternity leave” has been around in our law for a long time, and the journey towards extending the concept to employees other than mothers has been a long one, marked latterly by much delay and confusion over implementation of new legislation addressing the issue.

Department ignores birth certificate order

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 23 January 2020
Tags: #Family Law #Health Care & Social #Litigation
The Department of Home Affairs has ignored a court order compelling it to issue birth certificates to 24 children who live in towns bordering Lesotho without requiring their parents to pay thousands for DNA tests – allegedly because one parent is not South African.

Court gives gay couple equal rights as mothers

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 20 January 2020
Tags: #Civil Rights #Family Law #Health Care & Social #Litigation
A same-sex couple will begin treatment at a fertility clinic with a ground-breaking court order in hand that says they will both be mother to a child who has yet to be conceived.

January is “Divorce Month”: Beware the Dangers of DIY

By Ashersons Attorneys Published on Monday, 13 January 2020
Tags: #Family Law #Litigation
The festivities are over, the bills are coming in and everyone is returning to reality. Couples who for most of the year only have to live with each other after work hours, have suddenly spent a whole lot more 24/7 time in each other’s close company.

Dads, surrogate mothers entitled to parental leave

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 06 January 2020
Tags: #Civil Rights #Employment and Labour Law #Family Law
The law providing for paid parental leave for parents of new-born children, which took effect on 1 January, has been welcomed by trade union federation Cosatu, notes BusinessLIVE.

Judge orders twins returned to parents

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 06 January 2020
Tags: #Civil Rights #Family Law #Health Care & Social #Litigation
The Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) ordered that an unnamed place of safety and the police return twin girls to their parents after they were ‘lost’ in the social care system for four days following their parents arrest.

Bitter custody battle to be decided soon

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 29 November 2019
Tags: #Family Law #Litigation
The fate of three children whose father took them overseas without their mother’s permission will soon be decided by three Western Cape High Court judges, says a Times Select report.

Ministry's deadline miss fails to impress top court

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 27 November 2019
Tags: #Civil Rights #Family Law
The Justice Ministry’s failure to meet a two-year deadline to change the law to protect women in polygamous marriages has not impressed the Constitutional Court, which had ordered the Ministry to amend the Recognition of Customary Marriages Act (RCMA) to ensure the equitable distribution of assets should a spouse in a polygamous marriage die.

Group seeks right for parents to bury a foetus

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 15 November 2019
Tags: #Family Law #Health Care & Social #Litigation
Parents who lose their unborn child before 26 weeks of gestation should have the choice to bury the remains and government has no right to place legal barriers in their way.

Home Affairs finally relents on 'trapped' children

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 05 November 2019
Tags: #Civil Rights #Family Law #Immigration Law #Litigation
Five American families and the special needs SA children they have legally adopted will finally be able to go home after the Home Affairs Department agreed to issue the necessary documents and passports.

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