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Collaborative Custody Divorce

What I wish for clients before they start divorce proceedings

I wish clients would empower themselves before they start the process. I wish they would see that there is nothing wrong in feeling vulnerable, scared and angry, but that the way they act on those feelings is very important. Divorce can change your life forever, positively or negatively. Photo by Alex Green from Pexels Over…

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Adoption Children Interview Podcast

South African law and surrogacy

In this podcast, Karen Horstman, an expert on surrogacy law and a valued member of the team at Schuld Inc Attorneys, explains the legal complexity of surrogacy, an arrangement in which a woman carries and delivers a child for a couple or person whose permanent, irreversible condition prevents them from having their own child. Photo…

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Divorce Marriage

What to look for in a divorce attorney

The right divorce lawyer for you depends on what you need, and also on the personality and history of the marriage.  Photo by Damian Siodłak on Unsplash Sometimes you need a strong litigator, who can enforce boundaries. But if, as a couple, you have done the emotional work on fear, anger and resentment upfront, the…

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Article Collaborative Custody Divorce

Why I work in the field of family law

For the first part of my career I was in general practice, which I found uninspiring and taxing. I reached a point where I had to choose between the career and something else.  Photo by Heidi Fin on Unsplash By questioning my purpose in life, my journey of self-development began. I resonated with the qualities…

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Collaborative Custody Divorce

Steps to take and not take when deciding to divorce

One of the first steps in your divorce journey, is to obtain legal advice on your and your spouse’s legal rights. Both of you have rights. Keep this advice in mind in your divorce preparation.  Photo by Robin Schreiner on Unsplash It is however important NOT to instruct an attorney to issue divorce papers until…

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Divorce Marriage

Why is the choice between ego and soul important on the journey of divorce?

When you go through divorce you will experience a dark night of the soul. Intense emotions such as grief, anger, doubt and guilt may overwhelm you. Photo by Erika Fletcher on Unsplash You have a choice to make: whether to respond to all that is happening from a place of ego, or whether to find…

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Divorce Podcast

What to do when you receive a divorce notice

Manndi discusses what to do when you receive a divorce notice

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Children

What to do if you suspect sexual abuse of your child

I want to state upfront that we, as a society, need to remember that it is not just girls who are victims of sexual abuse; boys are, too. Boys have just not opened up before, but increasingly, they are coming forward with their stories. Photo by Kat J on Unsplash The initial steps that you,…

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Children

Relocation of Vacationing with your Minor Child Outside South Africa

Travelling overseas with a minor child for the purpose of a vacation is not as easy as boarding a plane. The legal requirements to travel with a minor child outside of South Africa greatly curtail your freedom and ability to do so. Section 18 of the Children’s Act, 38 of 2005, clearly stipulates that the…

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Children Custody Divorce

COVID-19 Lockdown prevented children from seeing the other parent

During the first 14 days of lockdown many children were prevented from seeing the other parent. Many parents saw the interest of the children as more important than the danger of being caught by the police. They made a plan to still shift the children from the one parent to the other.  In some cases…