Mediation Proceedings










In the South African legal system, the courts can be relatively busy and crowded with matters, resulting in long wait times to have matters heard. Fortunately, there are alternatives, namely mediation and arbitration. In this article, I will write mainly about mediation, the benefits and when mediation would be recommended.

Parties to a Customary Marriage

The Recognition of Customary Marriages Act 120 of 1998 recognises customary marriages which are concluded according to customs and traditions.

Customary marriages are recognised irrespective of whether a person is a spouse in more than one customary marriage.

Paternity Disputes

When hearing applications for maintenance of a child, a court must determine whether a person is indeed liable to pay maintenance. Maintenance claims are founded on the responsibility of the biological parents to support the child and as a result, paternity needs to first be established.

Legal Professional Privilege

By nature, consultations with your attorney or legal practitioner may sometimes need you to reveal information which may, if revealed to the public, harm your reputation. It is important then that the information you share with you attorney remains confidential.


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