NEWS, VIDEOS, INFORMATION AND TESTIMONIALS

Collaborative divorce law - Introduction:

Collaborative law is a new and revolutionary way to resolve disputes. It uses an interest-based negotiation model where parties and their Collaborative Practice attorneys want to resolve a dispute without going to court.

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"Good" divorce - is it possible?

We meet. We get engaged. We get married. The bigger the wedding ceremony, the more money spent - the better. In the few years there are children! European countries have on average a 40-50% annual divorce rate and South Africa has on average a 30-40% annual rate.

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After The Divorce: Five Survival Divorce Tips For Men

While the divorce process can be an emotional and stressful experience for women, it can be just as challenging and difficult for men to accept divorce and move forward with their lives. Research has shown that men typically recognize their marriage is in trouble later than women.

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Court - annexed mediation rules of the magistrates’ courts

Whereas section 34 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa,1996 guarantees everyone the right to have any dispute that can be resolved by the application of the law decided in a fair public hearing before a court.

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TESTIMONIALS

Connie Theron, Practising Attorney - UCT Law Clinic
“While working at the University of Stellenbosch Legal Aid Clinic and later at the UCT Law Clinic, I found the pro bono mediation services of Gerrie van der Watt of the Mediation Centre to be highly professional and extremely effective in our divorce matters. It is fantastic that our clients, with little or no financial means, can benefit from such an excellent programme.

The mediators are able to provide a non-threatening environment in which the clients are able to talk openly about issues that matter most to them, but which the Court in a divorce matter may choose not to entertain. Through the mediation sessions, the clients are able to reach an agreement together which ultimately they are both happy with. In cases where mediation did not yield the result of a settlement, the process was still extremely valuable, giving the parties better perspective and highlighting the key issues in dispute.”