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The South African Family Law forms part of the South African Private Law as a sub-division. Family Law entails a specific area of the law that deals with family related matters and disputes, and the regulating of the domestic relationships between the spouses (parents of the minor children), spouses and the minor children, between the children themselves, and the spouses, children, and the state.
It is always advisable to consult with a top family lawyer or top attorney when you foresee the possible originating of a dispute with your partner or spouse regarding divorce, child custody, accrual, the division of the estate, spousal and child maintenance or the enforcement of current court orders. Attorneys practicing in Family Law can also assist parties reaching an agreement through amicable settlements or pre-marriage guidance that doesn’t necessarily includes conflicts. The best interest of the minor child is always of a paramount importance, and spouses and parents should set their emotions aside with one another when there are children involved.
In principle, there is no difference as the Divorce Law is a subdivision of the South African Family Law. A divorce lawyer is also a family lawyer in effect.
An attorney and law firm that specialises in Family Law and forms part of the Family Law and Litigation Departments.
An unopposed divorce estimated cost can be anything between R 5 000-00 to R 20 000-00 once off, depending on the amounts of consultations that is required to finalise the matter, the length of the settlement agreement, length of negotiations regarding the care and contact arrangement of the children, the drafting of the parenting plan, and the negotiations regarding the division of the estate and assets.
An opposed divorce that is engaged in negotiations between the legal practitioners or litigation, will be calculated on an hourly fee of between R 800-00 to R 2 000-00 per hour plus VAT, and other expenses like for instance correspondent fees, advocate fees, Sheriff expenses, and if required various experts like forensic accountants, industrial psychologist, actuaries, private investigators, or childcare experts.
Firstly, it is advisable to arrange a first consultation with your Family Law and Divorce Law experts to obtain advice about the process. After your first consultation, your legal representative will draft the relevant court papers on your behalf and proceed to issue them at court and be served on the other spouse.
Firstly, it should be noted that you are allowed to handle your divorce yourself, and without legal representatives. However, it is not advisable as you will be left with addressing various complex legal issues which you will not be familiar with or lack the necessary experience to ensure justice. The matter will be even worse if your spouse decides to instruct a well-seasoned and experienced attorney / lawyer to represent him, which will mean the playing field isn’t equal and will be to your detriment and prejudice. Don’t be penny wise, but pound foolish!
Unfortunately, the only way in South Africa to get a divorce is through a court order in the Regional Divorce Court or the High Court in your area of jurisdiction. Most of the issues and disputes will most likely be settlement out of court by the spouses and the legal representatives, whereafter that settlement will be made an order of court.