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Jail time and heavy fine for skipping child support payments

22 May 2024,  Chang-Lin DirksIlze Strydom

In a recent judgment handed down in the Free State High Court wherein PH Attorneys acted for the Applicant, the... Respondent was found to be in contempt of court for not paying his maintenance obligations in terms of a court order and was sentenced to 6 months direct imprisonment suspended for 3 years. 

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Navigating spousal maintenance in your Antenuptial contract

06 November 2023,  Chang-Lin Dirks

When getting married a common option for couples is to select getting married out of community of property with the... accrual system. This requires an antenuptial contract to be drawn up by a notary. But what happens if one of the spouses wishes to also in the antenuptial contract exclude the right to claim maintenance should they get divorced. Is that at all enforceable?

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Does a claim for maintenance fall away when you die?

06 November 2023,  Tebello Setleko

A question that often arises is what happens to a person’s maintenance obligations when they pass away. In this article,... we have a look at what the legal position is regarding maintenance in the event of death.

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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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