MODERN FAMILY law

03 July 2019,  Ilze Strydom 1490
The average household size in South Africa is 3.58 people per family. Upon seeing this, is your first reaction to picture two parents and a child, or children? If so, you share the view of most South Africans.

I, as a specialist family law practitioner, see the statistic and my mind wanders and I can’t help but think, is this family made up of parents and children? Are the parents perhaps same sex? Are the parents divorced and in a second or third marriage? Is it a family with a single parent at the helm? Are the children adopted or, does the extended family live in the house? Do the parents work, or is mom a homemaker, or is there perhaps a stay-at-home dad,… And the wheel keeps on turning!

That, dear reader is the beauty of what I do and why I love it! The constant change and expansion of family law globally and the many new challenges and opportunities it creates for clients, is why the field of law that I despised as a law student (more about this later)  has now become my passion.
 
I’m Ilze, it is nice to meet you. I am the head of the Family Law Department at Phatshoane Henney Attorneys. When not helping clients with a wide range of family law related issues, I now happily spend my time with my four month old daughter, husband and dogs – which make up my family! I love a good laugh, spending time with friends, enjoying good wine and food, and playing golf and hockey. 

I look forward to sharing with you a glimpse of my experiences as a family law attorney, my views on legal and social issues - and now and then simply what’s on my mind.
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