Divorce

  • Last time we looked at the Divorce process.

    Today; we give you a short blog to finalise this series of blogs on divorce.

    As pointed out by one of our readers during the course of this week; “Divorce is not for sissies.”

  • As promised; we now look at the Divorce process.

    All divorces are dealt with either in the High Court or in the Regional Divorce Court; which courts have been specifically created to assist the High Court in dealing with divorce matters. There is a High Court in each major city; and various Regional Divorce Courts in each Region of each province.

  • What can I claim from my spouse?

    It is a sad fact of life that many of our marriages end up in a divorce; and as the statistics imply, up to two-thirds of all marriages, depending on where you live and into what social bracket you fall, end in a divorce; it is advisable to know your rights.

    Divorce is not the end of the line; bot knowing your legal rights in advance and in the event of a possible divorce is vital.

  • In our last blog we looked at proprietary rights on divorce.

    Today we look specifically at pension benefits at divorce.

    One needs to be very careful about how retirement benefits are divided between spouses at the time of a divorce. Many people including their own attorneys get it wrong and leave non-member spouses, in particular, financially vulnerable as a result. And some of those getting it wrong are the so-called experts including divorce lawyers and retirement fund trustees and advisors.

  • It is a sad fact of life that many of our marriages end up in a divorce; and as the statistics imply that up to two-thirds of all marriages, depending on where you live and into what social bracket you fall, end in a divorce; it is advisable to know your rights.

    A divorce order should cover the dissolution of the marriage, custody, guardianship and care of children, maintenance for the spouse (if applicable) and the division of/or be awarding of assets and liabilities acquired before, during and at the end of the marriage relationship.

  • What do I need to do?

    An often heard plea.

    Every working day hundreds of people get divorced throughout the RSA.

  • Sadly; one of the matters that we get many queries about; is the issue of divorce.

    Most of us get married for life; but many marriages end in divorce.

  • travellers marriage

    A “traveller’s marriage” may seem romantic, but can quickly turn into a nightmare! 

     As the world gets smaller and smaller and global movement increases, an “international wedding” becomes a much greater reality for many couples.

    From the beach wedding in Mauritius to the castle wedding in Ireland or the Tuscan wedding in Italy.

    These are all distinct possibilities if one can afford it.

    This international marriage or “traveller’s marriage” may seem romantic, but can quickly turn into a nightmare when questions regarding the matrimonial property regime of the parties are raised at the time of a divorce or the death of one of the parties to the marriage.

    The question arises as to which legal regime governs the marriage: the country where they were married, the home country of a spouse, or the country in which the couple reside? Left in the air, the romantic traveller’s marriage could very well turn into a wearisome ball and chain and legal nightmare.

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