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Surrogacy is allowed in South Africa and is regulated by the Children’s Act.

We received the following question during the course of last week

 “I have been happily married for the last 7 years. However; I am medically unable to produce a child. My husband and I have talked about the option of both adoption and surrogacy. We have decided to go the surrogacy route if we can, and have discussed it with my sister. She is older than me has two children and does not want any more of her own and is willing to consider it. We’ve not yet spoken about costs or payment for her to do this, because we’re not sure whether surrogacy is even allowed in South Africa. Is surrogacy an option we can consider? Your advice would be much appreciated”

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The short answer is no

A week or two ago, The Legal Advice Office got the following query:

 “Can you please assist with advice in this regard?

I have been raised as the only child by parents, who are not my biological parents. Although I regard them as my true parents, I was never formally adopted by them. They are both in ill-health and I don’t think they have a will. They don’t have much, but I am concerned that if they die, I will lose the possessions that they do have. Will I be able to inherit from them when they pass away even if I was never formally adopted?”

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Should I have an ANC if I am getting married in a few weeks’ time?

A brief discussion of the ANC and the purpose of an ANC.

Most couples in preparing to tie the knot leave this question until very late in their wedding preparations. The writer on occasion in the past had to arrange for an ANC on the preceding Friday afternoon before the Saturday wedding at 10 am. That is cutting it fine.

During the excitement of a couple's impending wedding; it is easy to forget about the aspect of an ante-nuptial contract. It is however vitally important that you and your future spouse discuss the matrimonial property regime best suited to your financial needs from the date that you are married.

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Can my child become a foreign national without my consent?

A couple of times a year we get an inquiry along these lines and we had one during this last week; so let’s try to answer the client’s question for you.

Below is the actual question:

 “I am a recently divorced mother and I want to permanently relocate to Australia with my minor child as I have obtained a wonderful work opportunity in Sydney; which will benefit both myself in the long term and my child eventually.

However, my ex, the father of my child, refuses to give his consent, despite the fact that the child resides permanently with me in terms of our divorce order.

The question is do I need his consent in writing or otherwise to take my son with me to Australia?”

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"I saw it reported recently that the spanking of your child has now been declared a criminal offence. Is this true?"

Corporal Punishment:

Here is a query we received yesterday via email.

 "I saw it reported recently that the spanking of your child has now been declared a criminal offence.

Is this true? Will this not result in an overloading our justice system even more than it already is?"

We all know that corporal punishment in any form in our schools has been outlawed for a long time.

But what is the situation at home?

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