Registration of new birth of an adopted baby

The process… A client adopted an abandoned baby. She was kind enough to share her experiences. My Adoption Order finally arrived, and I went a Department of Home Affairs office to find out for myself… DHA Office: Not all offices do this, so before anybody goes to register the birth / do the name change, they… Continue Reading

How to change the name of an abandoned baby

A client adopted an abandoned baby and wanted to change his first and last names. He was kind enough to share his experiences, after he received the adoption order.   I went a Department of Home Affairs office to find out for myself…   DHA Office: Not all offices do this, so before anybody goes to… Continue Reading

Customary law adoptive parents liable for child maintenance

In the case of Maneli v Maneli handed down on 19 April 2010 the South Gauteng High Court ruled that children adopted through Xhosa customary law are entitled to maintenance from their adoptive parents after a divorce. Judge Ratha Mokgoatlheng made the order after a woman approached the court to force her former husband to… Continue Reading

Maintenance In Terms Of Customary Law Adoption – Maneli V Maneli

An adoptive father has a legal duty to maintain the minor child he and the applicant adopted in terms of Xhosa customary law Source: Marissa Beyers, LSNP Pro Bono Coordinator This matter was referred to the South Gauteng High Court by the Westonaria Maintenance Court to determine; 1.    Whether the Magistrate’s conclusion that the respondent had… Continue Reading

Hague convention on protection of children and co-operation in respect of intercountry adoption

To establish safeguards to ensure that inter-country adoptions take place in the best interests of the child and with respect for his or her fundamental rights as recognized in international law and to establish a system of co-operation amongst Contracting States to ensure that those safeguards are respected and thereby prevent the abduction, the sale… Continue Reading

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