Civil Litigation / Divorce

The High Courts in South Africa have overly burdened court rolls, and parties normally have to wait a long time for their divorce matter to go to trial when their divorce is contested. 
A divorce action is instituted by the issuing of a summons. You can divorce in either the Regional Court of the Magistrate Court having jurisdiction in your area or in the High Court. To start the divorce process you need to serve a Summons. A divorce summons is unique in that it must be served personally on the defendant by the sheriff of the court. 
There are typically two types of divorces, the contested or opposed divorce and the uncontested or unopposed. The latter type of divorce is the best and most cost effective for all parties concerned. An uncontested divorce can be finalized in as little as 4 weeks. If a divorce is contested it may take between 2 – 3 years, but most contested divorces do settle long before they go on trial.
Civil marriages, civil unions and those religious marriages conducted by registered marriage officers can only be dissolved by order of the court.
There are various forms of divorces such as:
Default divorces
Do-it-yourself divorces
Mediation
Round-table meetings
Collaborative divorces

Contested Divorces

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