A matter of life and death

Unmarried + life insurance

Unmarried needn’t mean unprotected We write a lot about the financial consequences of divorce, which is to be expected as we are divorce lawyers. But we are also family lawyers, and families come in many different shapes and sizes. Sometimes our role is to help keep families together, or to help people navigate issues they […]

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Selling property without consent of spouse

Selling property without consent

Whose duty is it to check consent has been given? When couples are married in community of property, which is still the most common matrimonial regime in South Africa, both spouses are equally responsible for the management of their joint estate. Therefore, certain transactions require consent from the other spouse and both parties need to […]

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ConCourt Recognition of Muslim Marriage a Victory for Women and Children’s Rights

ConCourt Muslim Marriage

Reprinted from Mondaq, by Aslam Moosajeeand Shenaaz Munga – 2022-08-03 On 28 June 2022, the Constitutional Court, in Women’s Legal Centre Trust v President of the Republic of South Africa and Others, held that the non-recognition of Muslim marriages infringes upon the rights of Muslim women and their children to dignity, equality, access to courts and the best interests […]

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Guardian of your universe

Guardian Child in Will

Why you need to appoint a legal guardian for your children in your will If you have children, you need a will. If you die without a will, this is known as dying intestate or in a state of intestacy. Nearly 75% of South  Africans die without having a valid will. If this happens, your […]

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The Hague Convention

Child Abduction - Hague convention image

What is the Hague Convention and what does it do? You might have heard of the Hague Convention but you’re not sure what it is. If you have children, particularly if their other parent is not South African and/or you are divorced, it may at some point become relevant to you. The International Hague Convention […]

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Ramaphosa signs 3 new crime laws in South Africa

We welcome new legislation aimed at tackling our gender-based violence epidemic. This article, reprinted from Business Tech, explains the terms of three new laws, signed into effect by President Cyril Ramaphosa recently. Reprinted from Business Tech – 2022-01-31 President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed into law three new pieces of legislation aimed at strengthening efforts to […]

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