Rights of grandparents to contact with grandchildren

In LH and another v LBA(EL1426/20101, Eastern Cape High Court) the court had to decide what rights of access grandparents had to their grandchild. Summary The applicants sought an order allowing them access to their six year old grandson, born out of a relationship between their deceased son and the respondent. The respondent had initiated… Continue Reading

Duration of duty to support children

A parent’s duty to support a child does not cease when the child reaches a particular age but it usually does so when the child becomes self-supporting. Duration of duty to support children A parent’s duty to support a child does not cease when the child reaches a particular age but it usually does so… Continue Reading

The Domestic Violence Act 116 of 1998

The objective of the Act is to provide an effective legal procedure for victims of domestic violence and to facilitate a cheap procedure that can be followed in the magistrate’s court The Domestic Violence Act 116 of 1998   Legislation that is specifically aimed at legal protection against domestic violence is the Domestic Violence Act,… Continue Reading

Adoption

Adoption is a legal way for an adult single person or couple to become the legal parents of a child. When you adopt a child, the child becomes yours as though born of you. Adoption Source: Cape Gateway Adoption is a legal way for an adult single person or couple to become the legal parents of… Continue Reading

Fathers fight for their rights

A SA branch of the British founded Fathers-4-Justice (F4J), a civil rights organisation campaigning for children’s rights to see both parents and grandparents after a divorce, has been formed. Dr Steven Pretorius the founder of F4J in SA, said the organisation’s main goal was to raise awareness of the plight of many parents – mainly… Continue Reading

Not all dads are bad, say caped crusaders

The South African branch of Fathers4Justice, a non-profit organisation campaigning for the rights of parents to have access to their children, wants to see the practice of almost always awarding custody to women changed. Not all dads are bad, say caped crusaders By Theresa Smith Source: This article was originally published on page 3 of The Cape Argus on… Continue Reading

Joint v. Sole Custody

What are the rights are of a parent who has joint custody of a child as opposed to one that has sole custody? Joint v. Sole Custody   Please explain what the rights are of a parent who has joint custody of a child as opposed to one that has sole custody?  My husband is… Continue Reading

High court beefs up maintenance court powers

The Cape High Court has given single parents seeking maintenance from their former partners a major breakthrough by ruling that maintenance courts can grant any order to ensure that maintenance orders are satisfied. High court beefs up maintenance court powers   Source: Published on the web byCape Times on October 28, 2005. © Cape Times 2005. All rights… Continue Reading

Divorced parent taking child overseas

A divorced parent may be refused permission to take a child overseas if it not in the best interests of the child Divorced parent taking child overseas   Child’s ties with non-custodial parent must be considered before relocation Source: Legalbrief Today   Acting Judge SE Weiner found in the Johannesburg High Court that the best interests… Continue Reading

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