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Family relationships are rarely free from conflict. When domestic issues cannot be solved within the home, family law seeks to restore order and provide a fair resolution for all parties involved.

For many, family law is thought to be synonymous with divorce proceedings. In reality, divorce is just a small part of family law, which covers a broad array of issues.

When legal action is necessary to resolve family matters, it is essential that you entrust your most private matters to an experienced and specialist family law attorney during your most difficult times.

We specialise in all areas of Family Law. Some examples of Family Law are as follows:

Services we Provide

madiation

Mediation: to resolve disputes amicably without the need to litigate at court

There is a move in South Africa towards the mediation of family law matters. An implementation of mediation at pilot site courts is already in place.

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LAW

All High Court interlocutory applications resulting from a divorce or other family law matters

During a divorce or other family law matter, interlocutory applications may be necessary to protect both your rights and / or that of your minor ch

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LAAAWS

Variation of a Final Order of Divorce or other Court Orders

As circumstances change, it may be necessary to apply to the High Court for a variation of some or all of the clauses as set out in the Agreement o

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Rule 43 applications

Rule 43 applications: interim contact, maintenance and cost contributions

It has been recognised that the duration of time from the institution of a divorce action until the finalisation of a divorce whether finalisation

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Relocation of a parent resulting in the relocation of a minor child

Relocation of a parent resulting in the relocation of a minor child

The courts in South Africa consider the best interests of the child in determining any dispute regarding the relocation of a minor child. Various

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LOV

Maintenance, spousal and in respect of minor children

Section 28 of the Constitution of South Africa entitles every child to "basic nutrition, shelter, basic health care services and social services".

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FMLY

Parental rights and responsibilities

The Children’s Act 38 of 2005 sets out the doctrines of parental responsibilities and rights (parental authority) as well as care (custody), guar

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SHAKE

Guardianship

The Children’s Act 38 of 2005 sets out the doctrines of parental responsibilities and rights (parental authority) as well as care (custody), guar

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couple (2)

Expertise on the various matrimonial regimes that exist in South African Law

There are various matrimonial regimes applicable in South African law. It is essential that you understand the variable consequences of your choice

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child

The Children’s Act 38 of 2005: Children’s rights are paramount to us at Jacqueline Ellis Attorneys

Our focus is on protecting the rights of all children. We will explain to you the doctrine applied by the courts of the best interests principle in

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cohabitation

Cohabitation or life partnerships and universal partnerships

In South Africa it is common for many couples today to live together without entering into a legally recognised form of marriage. Various terms are us

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Ante-nuptial Contracts

Ante-nuptial Contracts

An antenuptial contract must be entered into prior to your marriage.

Various attorneys draft antenuptial contracts without consulting wi

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childcare

Child Care

Child care (custody) and contact (access): whether this be supervised or unsupervised.

The Children’s Act 38 of 2005 sets out the doctrines of

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surrogacy

Surrogacy

A surrogacy motherhood agreement is only valid in South Africa if it complies with the requirements of Chapter 19 of the Children’s Act 38 of 200

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divorce

Divorce

Divorces (both opposed and unopposed), which means all types of divorces whether defended or undefended.

Divorce proceedings usually invol

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adoption

Adoption

While adopting a child can be an immensely rewarding experience, it is often accompanied by a host of legal and bureaucratic complexities. We will

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paternity

Paternity

Proof of paternity may be necessary to determine parental rights, care and contact and financial support when the identity of the biological father is

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