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How to apply for maintenance by Zerita Du Preez (Attorney)

Applying for a maintenance order Maintenance is the obligation to provide another person, for example a minor child, with housing, food, clothing, education and medical care, or with the means that are necessary for providing the person with these essentials. An application for maintenance can be made against the respondent (person who must pay maintenance), at the Maintenance Court in …

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Maintenance Matters Workshop by Nina Mensing (counsellor and mediator)

This workshop is for anyone who is a single parent, or going through a divorce or separation, and is battling with calculating child maintenance or claiming child maintenance. Finances are an emotive topic, and often one where power plays itself out. With 13 milliion children in South Africa growing up in single homes, paying maintenance correctly is vital for their …

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Legal eagle in training – Meet Jennifer Stoler

Jennifer Stoler hasn’t always dreamed of being an attorney. In fact, as a young child, she longed to be a veterinarian……that is until she realised that she has an immense fear of blood! From a very early age, she has been a defender of human rights and has never been afraid to stand up for injustice. When she first began …

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Child maintenance by Nicki Macartney (Attorney and mediator)

The Million dollar question everyone wants to know is what a fair amount of maintenance is to pay. We get questions like these on social media every day. The truth is there is no easy answer to that question, so let’s explain the dynamics of Maintenance in order for you to have a better understanding of how it works. Section …

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The benefits of shared residency by Nicki Macartney (attorney and mediator)

It is no secret that divorce and separation can and often do have a detrimental impact on children. Shuffling kids between houses and dividing up holidays is already a difficult task, having to go through these motions with someone whom you could not stand to be married to makes it even harder. Studies have however shown that having children live …

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Domestic violence by Greta Eiser (Attorney)

Domestic violence is a systematic pattern of controlling, coercing and violent behaviour intended to punish, abuse and ultimately control the thoughts, beliefs and actions of another. It is about power and control. It includes emotional, physical, verbal, sexual and financial abuse. In public, the abusers may appear friendly and loving to their partner and family. They often only abuse behind …