Make a Living Will

In addition to a testament, you can draw up a living will, in which you stipulate your wishes about interventions at the end of your life, when you are no longer able to make those decisions yourself. Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash Your will, which is sometimes called your ‘last will and testament’, sets…

Divorce Interview Podcast

Divorce with decency

In this podcast, Manndi talks to Lauren Doyle about the non-combative approach she and her ex-husband committed to in their divorce, and what she learned from the process. Photo by Ben White on Unsplash After 14 years of marriage, Lauren and her husband separated in November, 2018, but continued to co-habit for some months while…

Divorce Marriage

Tips to protect life partnerships in the absence of Common Law Marriage

Matrimonial law has ongoing developments and changes. Photo by Alexander Suhorucov from Pexels Of particular interest now is the draft bill that will recognise religious marriages and long-term partnerships as deserving of the same protections as formal unions. The new legislation seeks to recognise all unions under one Act. The expansion of the definition of ‘spouse’ means that…

Divorce Marriage

Couples Coaching

Marriage has developmental stages, but unfortunately, few people take this into consideration when the relationship shifts after the first few years. Photo by cottonbro from Pexels Couples coaching is different from therapy or counselling in that we focus on the future of the relationship rather than childhood hurts and traumas. In couples coaching you will identify what is…


Individual Divorce Coaching

Divorce is 80% emotions and 20% law. Photo by cottonbro from Pexels I am not a psychologist or a counsellor; I qualified as a consciousness coach in 2005 and since then I have been coaching and guiding my divorce clients from a much more humane place. As a divorce attorney for 25 years and a…

Interview Marriage Podcast

Protection of Life partnerships – New One Marriage Bill

In this podcast, Manndi Schuld talks to Advocate Julia Anderssen Photo by Caleb Ekeroth on Unsplash Advocate Julia Anderssen specialises in matrimonial law with a particular interest in children’s law. She has been involved in this field since 1996 and although it is often the big, acrimonious cases that she has to deal with, she…

Divorce Financial

Preparation for the financial discussion when getting divorced

Aim to create a calm environment for your discussion about finances. Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash Before you begin, agree that you will not continue the conversation if it becomes heated. If not, then I advise clients to do the right thing now and set each other up for a sustainable old age. …

Divorce Financial Marriage

Division of estates in divorce

It is imperative that both spouses know the full extent of their assets and liabilities. Photo by Pixabay from Pexels So often, the non-breadwinner has no idea of the true financial situation, leaving that side of the marriage to the spouse to deal with. But it is important to know about each other’s finances: what you each earn,…

Financial Marriage

Marriage by design – The Prenuptial agreement

My advice to people before marriage is to take the prenuptial agreement seriously. Photo by Daniel J. Schwarz on Unsplash Don’t wait till the last minute before running to get the standard contract. Think about the contract as a document that is prepared during the happy days for if and when the bad days come.…

Children Custody Divorce Financial

What people are surprised about when investigating the children and spousal maintenance budget

Many people have no idea how much their children actually cost, and when it comes to preparing a budget at divorce they are often surprised by the figures. Photo by Trong Truong on Unsplash When I get to the financial discussion with clients, particularly with reference to the children, I always ask them if they…