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How To Get Full Custody of a Child as a Father

Being a good father is a role that shapes a child's life. The desire to pursue full custody can come from a place of deep love and commitment. Moving through the legal system to uphold your child's best interests can be complex. The assistance of experienced child...

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Post-Divorce: Strategies For Starting Over

Going through a divorce can be one of the most challenging events in a person's life. Yet, it also presents an opportunity for growth and a fresh start. Understanding the complexities that come with this significant life change is crucial. Here are some strategies...

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Legal Matters To Consider Before Tying The Knot

Marriage is a significant step in life that goes beyond love and celebration. It involves important legal aspects that should not be overlooked. At Durban Law Offices, we aim to help you easily navigate these legal waters. Here are some key points to consider before...

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What Does A Family Lawyer Do?

Family law is a unique branch of legal practice that concentrates on matters related to family relationships. It can be a complex and emotional field, so it is essential to understand what a family lawyer does before you seek their services. So, if you are wondering...

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4 Books to Read to Help You Through Your Divorce

While everyone handles divorce differently, it is safe to say that it is not a pleasant experience. For many people, divorce may be one of the toughest things that they’ll ever have to go through and in the midst of it, they may find it impossible to see the light at...

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What is a Common Law Marriage Exactly?

While common law marriages are legally recognised in the USA and Australia, the same cannot be said for South Africa. As local specialist divorce lawyers, the team at the Law Offices of Karen Olivier is here to provide a clear definition of the common law marriage and...

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What Are the Requirements for Full Custody

The ideal parenting situation for a child is to be cared for by both of their parents in somewhat equal measure. But, unfortunately, there are many situations in which this is simply not possible. When it comes to divorce, separation, and parents living in different...

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Legal Rights of Fathers in Adoption Cases

  Fatherhood is an essential part of family life, and the law acknowledges that. In adoption cases, the rights of fathers are equal to those of mothers but the truth is that fathers are often left out of adoption processes, with the focus being mainly on the...

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7 Common Reasons for Divorce in South Africa

You may have heard the numbers but how often are we told the reasons that some couples just don’t make it? Divorce is something that we never plan on but it is a very real possibility. From irrevocable differences to infidelity and more, there are various reasons that...

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Grandparent Rights: Your Family Lawyers Explain

Grandparent guardian rights is not a typical topic that we see spoken about enough considering the many different family dynamics we have in South Africa. If you’re here to learn your rights or find out how you can apply for guardianship, keep reading as our family...

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Frequently Asked Questions About Child Custody

  If you’re reading this then you are already aware that divorce affects more than just you and your spouse. The others most affected by this decision are your children. Whether you are in the process of filing for divorce or are learning about your options, it...

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Signs Your Spouse May Be Hiding Assets

Divorce is difficult enough without worrying about your partner being dishonest about the assets that are meant to be measured up and divided by your legal counsel. Due to the painful nature of divorce, people are known to behave in unexpected ways or act out of...

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Understanding the Role of Your Divorce Attorney

Have you ever found yourself wondering what the role of your divorce lawyer will look like? Knowledge is power and even if divorce is the furthest thing from your mind or you are doing research for another, it’s good to have a picture to compare to should you ever...

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Benefits of Having a Domestic Violence Lawyer

Benefits of Having a Domestic Violence Lawyer There are just no two ways about it.. Domestic violence is horrible. But we need to keep in mind that not all parties accused of this are found guilty. Working with a lawyer specialising in sensitive cases such as this...

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When Is an Antenuptial Contract Necessary?

When Is an Antenuptial Contract Necessary? It may not be fun to think about but all marriages eventually come to an end whether by death or divorce. The fairness and ease with which this comes to pass hinges upon the agreements chosen before you tie the knot. We are,...

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How to File for Divorce in South Africa

Before we tackle the hows of divorce proceedings it is crucial to understand that we are all entitled to file for divorce in South Africa as long as you provide evidence to the court that there is no chance of settling your differences and you cannot live together any...

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What You Need to Know About Child Custody

What You Need to Know About Child Custody In accordance with South African law, childcareis settled according to the Children’s Act. Whether you are seeking legal counsel or opting for a DIY divorce, it is essential that you familiarise yourself with the legal...

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The Effects of Stress on the Family Unit

Every family in South Africa will have experienced stress at least once as a unit. It may not be a commonly discussed topic. However, family stress is very real and we’ve decided to shed some light on what it is, the effects on the family unit and how you can manage...

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Relocation of Minor Children from South Africa

Relocation – If you are wanting to know more about relocating your underage child, then this is the place to be as we cover the most asked questions on the topic. The main obstacles that you may face are covered here but if you have any other questions feel free to...

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Are You an Enabler in a Toxic Relationship?

In a healthy relationship, both partners are meant to support one another while still being capable of having their own lives apart from one another. This, however, is not the case within co-dependent relationships. What often happens here is that an enabler comes to...

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Signs of a Child Living in a Toxic Household

Respect is one of the first things children are taught as soon as they are old enough for their behaviour to be labelled as “disrespectful”. While it is important, children should be taught to respect themselves first. This means not letting anyone belittle or break...

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The Affects Domestic Violence has on Children

It is a common psychological fact, that a person’s childhood often shapes them as a human being. Children are sponges, who are constantly observing and learning from the people and world around them. We, of course, want all our nations’ children to be raised in a...

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Children’s Rights in South Africa

Children are vulnerable members of society that are in need of special protection since they are dependent on others. Children cannot fight for themselves. Therefore, it’s up to their guardians, caretakers, and the state to care for and protect them. This is done by...

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What is the Effect of Abuse on a Child?

Any form of neglect or abuse of a minor will result in harmful effects on the child or young person. The general rule of thumb is to treat everyone with respect – why are children so often left out of this? The effect that abuse can have on a young mind and body can...

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Signs of an Abusive Relationship

Many assume that an abusive relationship starts out that way, this is not the case. It comes on slowly, so slowly that you wake up one morning (if you’re lucky) and don’t recognise the person sleeping next to you. The key is having a good support system, good people...

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Parental Rights of Fathers in South Africa

Parental Rights of Fathers relies on the Children’s Act of South Africa (Act 38 of 2005). When it comes to fathers’ rights, a biological father has full parental rights, unless a court rules otherwise. This is true for all fathers provided that he meets the...

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I met Karen and her team just under a year ago. Their professional and ethical services makes it that much easier to handle the circumstances one is faced with. Their compassion, kindness, humility and work ethics are of the highest standard. I have never regretted walking into their offices and they will be my first recommendation for anyone seeking help with legal matters. Karen, I have the utmost respect for you and your team. God bless

Sagina Langton

Thank you to Law Offices of Karen Olivier for their professional and expert legal representation, which resulted in the speedy resolution of a custody dispute that had previously caused much distress over a period of time to both us and my minor children. The emotional guidance of Karen and her team supported us through the court process. We are happy to announce that a Court Order was granted which ensures that my minor childrens’ best interests are upheld. I can now sleep with ease at night. 

Warren Sievwright

I just want to say thank you to Karen and team for the incredible service and assistance in my matter. I have always experienced a caring and compassionate response to my situation. Having met Karen was definitely not by was 100% a God Connection..and I would recommend her firm to anyone requiring that personal and extremely professional touch. She is success-driven and no hurdle stops her in achieving the righteous lawful outcome. Thank you, Karen…Blessings

Rowan Mattig