#DignifiedDivorce: Everything you need to know about divorce

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Parent24's #dignifieddivorce series is here to help parents navigate the legal and emotional implications of a divorce.
Parent24's #dignifieddivorce series is here to help parents navigate the legal and emotional implications of a divorce.

Raising a family together is hard work, and sometimes marriage and relationships don't survive. But splitting up when there are kids involved is even harder.

Parent24's #dignifieddivorce series is here to help parents navigate the legal and emotional implications of a divorce.

Check in here for ongoing updates, insights, expert advice and more...

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Do you have a legal question you need help with? Share your questions via email at chatback@parent24.com and we may speak to a legal professional on your behalf. Anonymous contributions are welcome. 

The basics

Find out the basics of divorce proceedings here: 

The different types of divorces in South Africa

What are the grounds for divorce in South Africa?

How to get a DIY divorce in South Africa

What does it cost to get divorced in South Africa?

Update your will or you may as well still be married to your ex, and other surprising ways divorce can affect your legacy

It's complicated

What happens when separations aren't simple? We provide advice and insight from experts here:

A local divorce lawyer shares his experience of the Covid-19 lockdown 

Has the lockdown destroyed your marriage? Here's what to do next 

Can you get a divorce without your spouse’s consent

Maintenance money: to some, more divisive than divorce

'She took what belonged to me': A reader asks what next, after her husband had an affair

'She does not know him': How to get a fraudulent marriage annulled

My husband pretended he was going to work when in fact he divorced me. What can I do?

Dignified divorce

We've got advice and expert help from a range of therapists, mentors and experts here:

'The word of one spouse against the other': What you need to know about divorce in customary marriages

How to tell your child you’re getting divorced

How do parents go about setting up a parental plan after a divorce? An expert advises

On Global Fair Divorce Day, we speak to a local divorce mentor about how to ensure a fair divorce

How to maintain a mature relationship with your spouse during the divorce process

'I'm afraid to lose my belongings': How to have an amicable divorce

Parental alienation

Find out more about the laws protecting children from parental alienation here: 

This is how you know if your ex is turning your child against you

Parental alienation explained: FAQs, terms and concepts

Parental alienation has officially been recognised by WHO

Reader shares heartbreaking story of parental alienation

How do I know if my ex is turning my child against me? Join our live Parental Alienation Q&A today

'My child's father won't see him, what can I do?'

Can a parent or grandparent refuse access without a court order?

Is your ex trying to turn your child against you? Find out in our live Parental Alienation Q&A today

Are you struggling with parental alienation in lockdown?

In the News

Find the latest updates relating to divorce in South Africa here: 

Revealed: South Africa has one of the lowest divorce rates worldwide

Are lockdown divorce applications on the rise? It looks like it

ConCourt makes significant interim maintenance ruling on divorce proceedings

Women in customary marriages now have equal rights to marital property

Lawyers call January 'Divorce Month': How to avoid becoming a statistic this year

Reader Q&A

We answer readers tricky questions here, with advice and comment from legal professionals and experts: 

Is failure to contribute financially grounds for divorce? A legal expert answers

'The mother refuses me access to my child. What can I do to ensure that I play a rightful role in my daughter's upbringing?' An expert assists

My ex gossips about my parenting choices to her family! What can I do?

Someone fraudulently transferred a title deed to his name, instead of my mother's. What do I do?

Life after divorce 

Advice for getting back on the horse because "Not all storms come to destroy your life, some come to clear your path."

Dating after a divorce - Do’s and Don’ts

Re-framing divorce: Families and their changing shapes

How to be a present father after a divorce

'You leave with what you came in with': What you need to know about spousal maintenance

Divorce without borders: How to share the kids after separation

My husband pretended he was going to work when in fact he divorced me. What can I do?

We can help

Share your divorce-based questions and stories with us, and we could publish them. Anonymous contributions are welcome


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