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Father cut out of millions in child's estate

By Daily News Published on Tuesday, 24 November 2020
Tags: #Estate Planning & Trusts #Family Law #Health Care & Social
A parent does not in the strictest sense of the word need to be the blood and biological parent of a child to inherit if the child dies intestate. This, says a Cape Times report, was the finding of the Pretoria High Court in ordering that the mother and grandmother of a five-year-old boy inherit the millions left in his estate.

Wife contests husband’s share in divorce settlement

By Daily News Published on Monday, 16 November 2020
Tags: #Family Law #Litigation #Marriage and Divorce Law
A woman – unhappy with the fact that her husband was receiving a share of her pension benefits as well as their communal home when he left her – has turned to the court for an order that he had to forfeit everything due to his conduct.

Pay up or face jail, doctor who cut maintenance warned

By Daily News Published on Thursday, 05 November 2020
Tags: #Family Law #Litigation #Marriage and Divorce Law
A wealthy doctor who told his ex-wife he was no longer ‘willing to fund you lying on your couch every day’ faces two years behind bars if he doesn’t pay her R1.5m within a month.

Businessman owes R648 000 in child maintenance

By Daily News Published on Monday, 26 October 2020
Tags: #Family Law #Litigation
A niece of one of SA’s richest businessmen is taking her former partner to court for R648 000 in child maintenance payments, says a TimesLIVE report.

Divorcing couple in dog care skirmish

By Daily News Published on Friday, 09 October 2020
Tags: #Family Law #Litigation
A divorcing woman has asked that her estranged husband be fined R20 000 for contempt of court because, among other things, he did not fully pay for their dogs Ollie and Sadie’s needs.

Mother who took child declared fugitive from justice

By Daily News Published on Monday, 05 October 2020
Tags: #Criminal Law #Family Law
A doctor who ‘abducted’ her young son from Denmark and returned to SA in September last year, ‘disappearing without trace’ some months later, has been declared a fugitive from justice, notes a Sunday Times report.

Delinquent dad faces jail for maintenance defaults

By Daily News Published on Wednesday, 30 September 2020
Tags: #Family Law #Litigation #Marriage and Divorce Law
A wealthy father, who spent millions on online gambling and insisted on still driving his luxury BMW, but claims to be too ‘poor’ to pay maintenance for his two children, is a hair’s breadth from jail, according to a report in The Mercury.

Apartheid black marriages law issue in ConCourt

By Daily News Published on Tuesday, 08 September 2020
Tags: #Civil Rights #Family Law #Litigation #Marriage and Divorce Law
For any black couple who married before 1988 in the country, chances are their union remains out of community of property, in line with apartheid’s Black Administration Act (BAA).

Wealthy businessman (91) fights off his children

By Daily News Published on Tuesday, 01 September 2020
Tags: #Civil Rights #Family Law #Health Care & Social #Litigation
A 91-year-old Durban multimillionaire racehorse owner and businessman has fought off a bid by his children and brother, Robin, to appoint a curator to handle his financial affairs.

Lawyers see divorce spike during lockdown

By Daily News Published on Monday, 24 August 2020
Tags: #Family Law #Marriage and Divorce Law
Financial hardship, too much time spent together and couples simply tiring of each other during the Covid-19 lockdown has caused a global rise in divorce applications – and SA is not exempt from this phenomenon, local family and divorce lawyers reportedly told the Saturday Star.

Widow's customary marriage ruled valid

By Daily News 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 Daily News 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 Daily News 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 Daily News 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 Daily News 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.

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