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The Mediation Process by Sherie Grayman (attorney and mediator)

A family law mediator is a neutral party specially trained to help couples resolve the issues in their divorce. The mediator facilitates the communication between the parties by making sure each party is given an uninterrupted time to speak, asking a party to restate or explain a point when necessary, and asking questions to make communication clear. The mediator also …

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What is mediation? by Sherie Grayman (attorney and mediator)

In mediation, you and your spouse meet with a neutral third party, the mediator, and with their help ,you work through the issues you need to resolve ,so the two of you can end your marriage as amicably and in the most cost effective way  possible. The issues covered in divorce mediation include but are not limited to the following: …

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Division of assets by Noa Kinstler (attorney)

Division of assets in a divorce depends on how you were married in the first place. When you get married you get to choose how your assets will be controlled during the marriage and upon death or divorce. There are three ways in which you can get married in South Africa: Marriage in community of property 1.         Each spouse has …

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Maintenance for your children by Noa Kinstler (attorney)

In terms of the Children’s Act, every child has the right to reasonable maintenance and every parent has an obligation to maintain his or her child. What is ‘reasonable’ will depend on the family’s standard of living, their income and the cost of living. The Court will ask three questions: 1.            What are the child’s reasonable needs? 2.            What are …

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What is “in the best interests of the child” by Noa Kinstler (attorney)

What is “in the best interest of the child”? Prior to the Children’s Act 38 of 2005 the concept of “the best interest of the child” was not defined in legislation. The concept was developed through case law but did not have an outright agreed upon definition. The Children’s Act was enacted, amongst other reasons, in order to give effect …