A step-by-step guide to having your documents commissioned

19th January 2022|Commercial Law, Litigation, Matrimonial|

“Please, go back to the commissioner of oaths and repeat the process – you skipped a page!” –  do these words sound familiar? Having documents commissioned should be a relatively simple task. In practice, however, minor mistakes, like a missed initial, can undermine the integrity of the entire process. Unfortunately, this is often only cured


Deceased Estates, the necessity of having a valid will and of course the age old dilemma – “to wed or not to wed…. that is the question”

9th November 2020|Matrimonial, Trusts Law|

With a lack of knowledge of South African law, one could be left with the popular misconception that common law marriages exist and become applicable when living with your partner in a permanent relationship. In the past, if you merely lived as husband and wife, but did not actually get married, you were not protected


Thinking of tying the knot?

8th August 2017|Matrimonial, Property Law|

Getting married and planning a wedding is one of the most important days in a person’s life.  The focus tends to be on the venue, flowers, the perfect dress and which song to dance to as husband and wife. All too often, people overlook the legal aspects of getting married and the potential ramifications. In


For better, for worse, will an ante nuptial contract (ANC) protect you during and after marriage?

31st October 2012|Articles, Matrimonial|

In South Africa there are three distinct types of marriages and three laws currently provide for the status of partners in these relationships. These are the Marriage Act (Act 25 of 1961), which provides for civil or religious opposite-sex marriages; the Recognition of Customary Marriages Act (Act 120 of 1998), which provides for the civil


Is inability to pay sufficient cause for the variation of a maintenance order?

16th September 2011|Articles, Litigation, Matrimonial|

The Western Cape High Court recently addressed this question in the appeal matter of Blomerus v Blomerus (A461/2010) in which the appellant appealed against a variation order of maintenance payable in respect of minor children. Approximately three (3) months after the parties were divorced, the respondent requested a substitution of the maintenance order in terms


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