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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…

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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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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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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…

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Children Custody Divorce

Enforcing Care and Contact Agreement

There is an old Swahili proverb that says: “When elephants fight, the grass gets hurt”. So similarly, when parents fight the children suffer. This is especially true in instance where one parent uses a child as a tool to inflict hurt on the other parent. In circumstances such as these, we have successfully brought applications…

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Adoption Children Custody

More news on Dept of Home Affairs and children born in South Africa to foreign parents

Cape Argus – 20 Apr 2017 Written by : Mthokozisi Alex Sibanda No joy for my baby with no SA birth certificate Home Affairs’ response is cold comfort for parents who seek papers MY WIFE and I have been following with interest, the article in your paper written by Bronwyn Davids (“SAHRC to review birth…

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Manndi Schuld featured in “Family Ties” – Wellness Magazine

Manndi Schuld was featured in the article “Family Ties” on Collaborative Law by Goergina Vintin for Wellness Magazine’s February 2015 issue. Co-parenting and all the complexities and negotiations needed to put agreements in place has far better outcomes when the divorce is negotiated collaboratively. That’s according to Georgina Vintin, a pioneer in collaborative Law in…

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Children Custody Divorce Video

Trauma and Behavior Part 1: “How Trauma Affects the Brain”

This video deals with how stress affects the brain of a child. What stands out for me is the consequences of separation from a primary caregiver at the wrong developmental stage. This is something I am becoming more and more aware of in my practice and my conclusion is that we as attorneys are just…