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I Want To Divorce My Husband But I Was Only Married In Terms Of Sharia Law

“Naeema and Rasheed were married in terms of Sharia Law on the 06th of December 2018. After a few years of marriage, it was clear to Naeema that Rasheed was abusive and was controlling their finances completely. Naeema decided to get legal advice and was incorrectly advised that Muslim Marriages are currently not recognized in South Africa, and therefore, she will not be able to get divorced in our Courts. Naeema was sure that she had read somewhere that she could get divorced in South African if she has been married in terms of Sharia Law.”

The Doctrine Of Status Quo

The primary purpose of the application of the status quo doctrine is to ensure that the best interests of the children are of paramount importance.

Forfeiture Orders In Divorce

Chris has a high paying job as a cardiovascular surgeon and Katy manages organic health foods store in a prominent area in the city. Despite Katy’s hard work, Chris has been the main contributor to the families lavish lifestyle and many of their marital assets were...

Fixed-Term Agreements – A Deal With The Devil?

The consumer protection act on cancellation. The good news for Francois is that the CPA does indeed allow for the cancellation of any fixed term agreement. This is provided for in section 14(b) of the Act, which provides that a consumer may cancel a fixed term agreement as follows:

What Is The Consumer’s Right To Privacy In Terms Of The Consumer Protection Act?

Consumer Protection Rights.
Johan is a 60-year-old man who has just retired at his beach house in Mosselbay. His only desire is to do some fishing and reading, at least for the first six months of his retirement, preferably without interruption! Johan however receives at least four or five calls weekly from what he refers to as “telemarketers”. He is just about ready to “lose his cool with these people” and approaches an attorney to help him solve this annoying issue.

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Is Mediation Right For You?

Is Mediation Right For You?

Mediation is a voluntary process. This means nobody can force you or your opposing party to participate in the process, nor can anybody force either of you to settle in a mediation session.
It is thus very important that all parties to the mediation are committed to the process. Whilst it is true that a wide variety of issues can be resolved by mediation, there are some matters which are not capable of settlement through mediation.

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Is A Quotation Worth The Paper It Is Written On?

Is A Quotation Worth The Paper It Is Written On?

Shelly is a second-year cinematography student at a well-known tertiary education institution. At the end of her first year, she requested from the finance department a quotation for her second year of studies. This was presented to her on a document named a tax invoice. The quotation was accepted in that Shelly duly enrolled for her second year by making payment of the deposit requested. In April of her second year, Shelly requested an updated statement from the finance department of the college and was presented with a further “tax invoice”. On this second tax invoice however, Shelly noticed that the amounts previously indicated as the price per module, had suddenly increased! She naturally was very upset about this as she is working part time to pay for her studies and thus requested legal advice in this regard. Does Shelly have any recourse?

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Death Benefits If The Beneficiary Is Predeceased

Death Benefits If The Beneficiary Is Predeceased

Do I have a right to death benefits I was nominated for, and when does it vest?

Lara has approached us with a predicament she finds herself in. Her husband Ben has died and there is a death benefit policy by ABC Insurance to which he was subscribed. The nominated beneficiary of the death benefit was Ben’s father. This matter is complicated because Ben’s father had died some two years before Ben had died. The estate of Ben’s father was at the time of Ben’s death, not wrapped up and now the executor for the estate of Ben’s father, has laid claim to the death benefits to be paid into the estate. Lara feels that the benefits should accrue to her as she was his wife. Does the fact that, she was for the most part financially dependent on Ben and was his wife, not mean that his assets should automatically be hers?

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Do I Have A Right To Death Benefits I Was Nominated For And When Does It Vest?

Right to death benefits: Lara has approached us with a predicament. Her husband Ben has died and there is a death benefit policy by ABC Insurance to which he was subscribed. The nominated beneficiary of the death benefits was Ben’s father. This matter is complicated because Ben’s father had actually passed away some two years before Ben had passed away. The estate of Ben’s father was at the time of Ben’s death not wrapped up and now the executor for the estate of Ben’s father has laid claim to the death benefits to be paid into the estate. Lara feels that the benefits should accrue to her, she was his wife after all? Does the fact that she was for the most part financially dependent on Ben and was his wife not mean that his assets should automatically be hers?

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Toxic Work Environment

Toxic Work Environment

Toxicity in the workplace – are you experiencing this?
A toxic or hostile work environment is not simply left at the door but may seep into every aspect of your life and influence not only your mental health and stability but may and most likely will cause problems with your physical health and even your relationships outside of work.
Section 10 of the South African Bill of Rights as contained in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa states: 
“Everyone has inherent dignity and the right to have their dignity respected and protected” 

The infringement of ones right to dignity and respect can take various forms including harassment, bullying and passive-aggressive behaviour. 

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