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Can an unmarried father register a child under his surname?

15 November 2021

I’m the father of a newborn daughter. The mother, to whom I’m not married, disappeared immediately after birth leaving me... as sole parent of my daughter. Because I don’t know where the mother is I cannot get the mother’s consent. Without this consent Home Affairs does not want to register my daughter under my surname. I have no idea what to do now. Can you help?

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COVID-19 in South Africa: will the national lockdown affect my right to see my children?

01 April 2020

I am a divorced father of three minor children. Our children live with their mother primarily and our divorce order... states that I will have them with me for half of every school holiday and on every second weekend. Does this still apply during the national lockdown?

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Chris-Meri Lillie on MedFM: interim maintenance orders

22 February 2019

On MedFm 104.1 Chris-Meri Lillie, your personal family law advisor, recently discussed interim maintenance orders and other legal steps that... can be taken while divorce proceedings have not yet been finalised. 

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Chris-Meri Lillie on MedFM: contact arrangements

10 December 2018

On MedFm 104.1 Chris-Meri Lillie, your personal family law advisor, recently discussed contact arrangements over the December holidays between parents... who share rights and responsibilities in respect of their children – and what to do if these arrangements go south.

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Ilze Strydom on MedFM: maintenance

05 December 2018,  Ilze Strydom

On MedFM 104.1, Ilze Strydom, your personal family law advisor, recently discussed the tricky issue of maintenance - and what... can be done if this duty is not fulfilled.

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Family Law specialist Ilze Strydom featured in Get It magazine

31 July 2018

In honour of Women's Month, director Ilze Strydom, the woman heading up our specialist Family Law department, is featured in... the August issue of Get It Bloemfontein magazine.

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Is spanking your child unlawful?

08 March 2018

I saw it reported in the news recently that spanking your child has finally been criminalised. Is this true? Will... this not result in overloading our justice system even more than it already is?

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Pension interest and divorce

14 December 2016,  Ilze Strydom

I’ve been married for 20 years, but my marriage is in trouble and I’m facing the very real possibility that... I may get divorced soon. My husband has a good pension that we’ve planned to use for our retirement, and I am worried that I will not be entitled to any share of that should we get divorced because we are married out of community of property with the accrual? Will this be the case?

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Can my husband also be my business partner?

12 September 2016

My husband and I are married out of community of property and without the accrual. For the last ten years... we have both worked together in our family business. Due to health reasons, my involvement in the business is becoming less. Our marriage is also upon difficult times, and I am concerned that should we end up in a divorce, whether I would be entitled to share in the profits of the business which we have built up together.

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Can my child become an Aussie without daddy’s consent?

02 June 2016

I am recently divorced. I want to permanently relocate to Australia with my two minor children as I have obtained... a wonderful work opportunity which will benefit myself and my children tremendously. However, my ex, the father of my two children, refuses to give his consent, despite the fact that the children reside with me. Do I need his consent to take them with me?

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Can I inherit if not formally adopted?

13 October 2015

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?

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When are you legally married?

13 October 2015,  Ilze Strydom

My husband and I got married 11 years ago. I now want to get divorced, but according to the Department... of Home Affairs we have never been married as they cannot find any marriage certificate. How is that possible? Did the minister not register it? What now? 

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