Entries by Jessica Schwenn


GOOD NEWS FOR SINGLE PARENTS: It was common practice that both parents of children had to submit their income and expenditure to the schools which their children attend. This was most predominantly used when parents were applying for any exemptions for their children’s school fees. This was the practice even if the parents were divorced […]

How to calculate maintenance for your children

    How do I calculate maintenance for my child?   Every parent is responsible for the maintenance needs of their children. These needs are however, the REASONABLE needs of the child. One calculates the child’s share to the common household as one part per child and two parts per adult. To put it in […]

What is cyber bullying?

Cyber Bullying and Harassment in South Africa What is bullying? Any type of behaviour by one or more persons that cause either physical, emotional or psychological harm to another person or persons. Examples of bullying include: Calling people names Hitting, punching and biting Spreading rumours Threatening or intimidating people Cyber bullying is an extension of […]


THE 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM KICKED OFF IN KZN UNDER THE THEME #HEARMETOO: END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN The South African government launched the campaign for the year 2018 in Melmoth, KwaZulu-Natal under the #HearMeToo: End Violence Against Women and Children theme. During this time, the government will engage communities and hold discussions about […]

How divorce works in South Africa

DIVORCE PROCEEDINGS SUMMARY: There are two courts in South Africa that deal with Divorces. One is the High Court and the other is the Regional Court. However, most divorces go through the High Court. A court has the jurisdiction or right to hear the divorce due to the fact that the parties/ party are domiciled […]


  WHICH NEW LAWS CAN WE EXPECT UNDER RAMAPHOSA’S RULING?   According to the Parliamentary Monitoring Group since January 2018, 41 Bills were in the “queue” in parliament, waiting to become enacted Legislation. Many may be finalized in this term of presidency. To name a few here are some of the proposed bills to be […]


    ESTATE AGENTS BEWARE! PROPERTY PRACTITIONERS BILL IS COMING. Estate Agents need to be aware that on 31 March 2017, the Human Settlement committee gazetted for comment the Property Practitioners Bill which is set to replace the Estate Agency Affairs Act. The Bill is getting some momentum and there seems to be no doubt […]


    THE SMALL CLAIMS COURT: Most people are unaware of the Small Claims Court and the services that the Court actually provides. There are definite advantages to lodging a claim through the Small Claims Court, as it is an informal and fairly quick process. WHAT IS THE MONETARY LIMIT IN THE SMALL CLAIMS COURT? […]

Dagga and the law.

    DECRIMINALISATION OF CANNABIS (DAGGA) – WHERE IT STARTED The Constitutional Court handed down judgment in September 2018 on the use and possession of cannabis. The decriminalisation of personal use and possession by the Constitutional Court came as a shock to the people of South Africa and many of them do not know how […]

Everything you need to know about fees

  THE AWKWARD COVERSATION OF MONEY BETWEEN AN ATTORNEY AND THEIR CLIENTS:   How does one agree to the fees that will be payable? When a client seeks legal advice, the first thing the attorneys should do is give the client their letter of engagement that sets out how the attorney bills. This creates a […]