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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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Can you claim maintenance for your adult children?

15 September 2022

It has been a well held view in our law that a parent cannot claim maintenance for an adult dependent... child from their divorced spouse. But is this still the case or has a recent Supreme Court of Appeal finding changed the position?

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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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When do maintenance obligations prescribe?

20 May 2021

My ex-husband has for some time now not paid his maintenance as per the court order. Because I had a... job and was earning a basic income, I just left it as I didn’t want the hassle of trying to get him to pay. Now I’ve been retrenched and have asked him to pay his outstanding maintenance, but he refuses and says his attorney told him that his obligation to pay has prescribed. Surely this can’t be right?

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When it's time to get a family lawyer

20 July 2020

Disagreements and relationship niggles are all part of normal family life. We can't all get along, all the time. However,... there may come a time when you realise that the arguments and familial issues you are facing, are of a much more serious nature and that intervention is, unfortunately, an unavoidable necessity. At such a difficult time, an experienced family law specialist can very well be your strongest ally and asset.It is important though, that you first ask yourself if you do in fact, need an attorney. There are many advantages in obtaining the services of a family law attorney to assist you with your legal matter. It may not always be necessary though. The maintenance courts, domestic violence courts and children’s courts are all set up in such a way to make it possible for people to bring and oppose matters in those courts in-person themselves. This means it is entirely up to each individual to decide for themselves whether they want or have to appoint an attorney.Should you decide to appoint an attorney, however, it is advisable that you do so as early on as possible to ensure that you are properly assisted, advised and guided from the very start of your matter.  Once you have appointed an attorney, the next very important step is to get your documents together. Every case is different and depending on the precise nature of your legal matter, your attorney will be able to advise you on what exactly is needed from you. As a general rule of thumb, try to take at least the following documents and information with you when consulting with your attorney for the first time: FOR DIVORCES:  A copy of your marriage certificate. (If you don’t have it or it's in your spouse's possession, you can discuss this with your attorney first. Should your attorney confirm that you must have a divorce certificate, you can collect a new one from the Department of Home Affairs). Remember that after divorce, your marriage certificate will no longer be needed and for this reason, the original marriage certificate is contained in the court file when the divorce is finalised; If married out of community of property, a copy of your antenuptial contract; Copies of your minor children’s birth certificates; Your most recent payslip;  A list of monthly expenses for yourself and your minor children (if applicable); A list of all your assets (both movable and immovable) together with the value thereof, if possible; A list of all your debts, together with the outstanding balances thereof. FOR MAINTENANCE:  A list of your monthly income and expenses; Your payslip for the last three months;  Copies of your bank statements for the last three months;  A copy of your ID; Copies of your minor children’s birth certificates; A copy of your marriage certificate (if you are already divorced, a copy of the divorce order and deed of settlement, if there is one); If an order was already made in the maintenance court, a copy of this order. FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: The general documentation required in terms of FICA legislation, including your ID document and proof of residence; Any proof which you may have of the domestic violence such as photographs, messages, e-mails etc. CHILDREN’S COURT MATTERS: A copy of your ID; The child concerned’s birth certificate; Previous parenting plans, deeds of settlement or agreements of a similar nature;  Any and all correspondence between you and the other parent or party including messages, e-mails and recordings. In my next blog, I'll point out even more useful tips to get the most out of the legal assistance you've obtained.

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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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Grandparents have rights too!

12 July 2018

I practically raised my grandchildren for the first few years of their lives and am very close to them. Unfortunately,... my son recently passed away and now their mother refuses that I see them. Is there anything I can do?

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When does a parent’s duty to financially support a child end?

07 June 2018

I’m divorced and have been paying maintenance for my ex and my two children for a number of years. My... eldest son has now finished school and wants to go to university. My ex is now insisting that I must contribute to his university studies as part of my maintenance obligations. Surely now that he is an adult, my responsibility to maintain has stopped?

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