Co-parenting: joint decision-making for your children

Co-parenting South Africa family law

Navigating co-parenting decision-making for major decisions When a married couple with a child or children divorces, they may both hold parental responsibilities and rights for their child. In many circumstances, they may each act without the consent of the other. This often happens when the child’s primary residence is with one parent, who is then […]

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Customary marriages

Married under customary law South Africa

Hayi bo! Are we married or not? Most couples know if they are married. They have held a wedding and invited friends and family, often at great expense. Or they have taken two witnesses and visited their local Department of Home Affairs for a simple ceremony. There should be no uncertainty about the answer to […]

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Stop corruption – whistleblowing without worry

Whistleblowing and corruption in South Africa

Protected disclosures South Africa is ranked 69th out of 180 countries on Transparency International’s Corruption Index. Our score is 44 out of a possible 100 – 100 being very clean, zero being highly corrupt. So while many countries score lower than South Africa, 69th is nothing to be proud of. New Zealand and Denmark share […]

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(Un)married with children?

Unmarried with children custody in South Africa

What are the rights and responsibilities of unmarried mothers and fathers? We’ve written a lot about the rights…and responsibilities…of parents in the event of divorce. As divorce attorneys, you would expect this of us. But SD Law is not just a firm of divorce lawyers. We are family lawyers. And families come in all shapes […]

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Witnessing a will

Wills - general witness

If you sign as a witness to a will, make sure you know these facts   These are sad times. Almost every day we hear of the passing of someone well known from COVID-19. And there are many more people who have lost loved ones who don’t make the news. Although the vaccination programme is […]

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Online business reviews – don’t be a victim

Online Business Reviews

How to deal with false or libellous online business reviews For years, large corporates treated their customers like playthings. Consumers have suffered exorbitant bank charges, uncompetitive cell phone rates, and exploitation in all manner of goods and services because, unless they banded together and became a collective voice, they were powerless against the might of […]

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Trusts – frequently asked questions

Trusts FAQ

Trusts are useful legal entities for financial and estate planning – frequently asked questions about trusts A trust is a useful financial planning tool, but many people are confused or daunted by the thought of setting up a trust. This article answers the most frequently asked questions by clients about trusts. 1. What is a […]

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3 disadvantages of a trust you may not be aware of

Disadvantages of a trust

Considering a trust? Consider these 3 disadvantages first In a trust, assets are held by the trustee/s for the beneficiary or beneficiaries, on the instructions of the owner of the assets. There are many advantages to holding assets in a trust. But are there any disadvantages? While the advantages definitely outweigh the disadvantages, there are […]

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7 advantages of holding assets in a trust

Advantages of Trusts

Trusts are a way of protecting assets What is a trust? A trust is a legal arrangement to protect assets and ensure they are managed or distributed as the donor (the person who owns the assets) wishes. The donor gives the trustee the right to hold title to the assets for the benefit of a […]

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