How To Divorce In South Africa

How To Divorce In South Africa

Learn more about how to divorce in South Africa;

What is Divorce?

Divorce is the process of terminating a marriage or marital union. Divorce usually entails the canceling or reorganizing of the legal duties and responsibilities of marriage, thus dissolving the bonds of matrimony between a married couple under the rule of law of the particular country or state. 

How much does a divorce cost in South Africa?

An uncontested divorce can cost anything between R800 and R20 000. The cost mostly depends on the complexity of the divorce settlement agreement and the complexity surrounding the care and contact of any minor children.

An uncontested divorce in South Africa

Uncontested divorces are the quickest and cheapest option. They involve both parties working with the same attorney to forge an agreement. This agreement then goes to the court.

Who pays for divorce in South Africa?

Always a significant issue in a divorce case are the legal costs and who must pay. The truth is that if one spouse is unemployed and the other the major breadwinner, the breadwinner at the end of the day will have to pay the costs of both sides, or at least contribute thereto.

Who pays for the divorce?

The simple fact is that the petitioner always pays the divorce fees. The person filing for the divorce (known as the Petitioner) will always pay the divorce filing fee.

What causes divorce in South Africa?

Reasons perceived by both men and women as the causes of divorce include loss of love and incompatibility, poor communication, addiction, basic unhappiness, infidelity, emotional problems, conflict over roles, and spouses’ personality traits.

What causes divorce in South Africa?

Reasons perceived by both men and women as the causes of divorce include loss of love and incompatibility, poor communication, addiction, basic unhappiness, infidelity, emotional problems, conflict over roles, and spouses’ personality traits.

What documents are needed for divorce in South Africa?

When you apply for a divorce, you will need to get a summons, a document that orders you to be at court. There may also be a divorce settlement attached to the summons.

You will need:

  • Your official South African identity document.
  • Marriage certificate.
  • The court or law firm will provide any other documents.