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Uncontested Divorce

Introduction

Our dedicated team of uncontested divorce lawyers have developed highly specialised and streamlined processes to ensure that uncontested divorces are dealt with quickly and efficiently.

We provide transparent all-inclusive fee agreements and guarantee our clients that their Divorce Settlement Agreement, in draft format, will be provided to them within two business-days of their first consult with our offices.

Uncontested Divorce Services

We have tailored various uncontested divorce packages to cater to the needs and budgets of a wide variety of people. Whilst the scope and mandate of our engagement differs from package to package, we provide specialized, high-quality legal services to all our clients with all our packages.

In all of our packages we give our clients access to our wide range of information material which will assist them to better understand the process and legal issues involved.

What is an Uncontested Divorce?

An uncontested divorce is a divorce where the parties are capable of discussing their differences before-hand and coming to mutually acceptable agreements in respect of all issues between them. Once this type of consensus is reached, the parties no longer have any issues which need to be fought about in Court. These types of divorces are known as uncontested divorces because it is unnecessary for the party being sued for divorce (defendant) to defend the action because the outcome desired by the party suing for divorce (plaintiff) is the same as the party being sued.

What issues are agreed upon in an uncontested divorce?

There are many things for the parties to discuss and try to deal with in an uncontested divorce. We will assist you to identify all the relevant issues which may be involved in the divorce.

These may include the following:

  • Division of moveable assets (cars, household contents etc.);
  • Division of immovable property (houses, stands, farms etc.);
  • Custody and parental rights and responsibilities pertaining to the minor children;
  • Maintenance for the minor children;
  • Maintenance for either spouse;
  • Division of investments, shares, and pension funds

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Steps Involved in Uncontested Divorce

Step 1
The parties discuss and reach consensus on the issues pending between them.

 

Step 2
The agreement between the parties is reduced to a Settlement Agreement and is signed by both parties.
Step 3
Summons is drafted and the Settlement Agreement is attached to the Summons.
Step 4
Summons is issued at Court and served on the Defendant.
Step 5
The Summons and Settlement Agreement are served on the Family Advocate. The Family Advocate considers the Settlement Agreement and indicates whether same is in the best interests of the minor children.
Step 6
The matter is set down for hearing and the Plaintiff testifies in Court as to the relief claimed in the Summons. If the Court is satisfied a Decree of Divorce is granted.

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Uncontested Divorce Frequently Asked Questions

Can one firm represent me and my spouse?
Yes, but only if you have already agreed on all the terms of the divorce, in which case the attorney’s function is merely administrative to finalize the divorce. If the matter is contested, each party would have to obtain independent legal advice
How long does an uncontested divorce take?
From the date of signature of the Deed of Settlement, the divorce usually takes 6 – 8 weeks to finalize. It can be quicker or slower, depending on the performance of the Registrar of the Court, the Sheriff and the Office of the Family Advocate. 6 – 8 weeks is the usual time-frame.
What issues will be dealt with in the divorce?
In divorce matters the issues dealt with are usually: 1. Division of Assets and Liabilities; 2. Rights and Responsibilities in respect of children; 3. Maintenance for the parties.
Can I make a payment arrangement?

Though our payment terms entail that payment is due upon presentation of an invoice, we realize that legal costs are often an expense not budgeted for. For this reason, we accommodate clients as follows:

  1. We accept credit card payments at our offices, and online via Payfast.co.za;
  2. In some instances, payment arrangements may be negotiated, subject to credit checks being done, and monthly payments being made by direct debit order. Divorce matters are finalized at Court as soon as final payment has been received.

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