As specialist family lawyers and divorce lawyers in Cape Town, we at Etienne Genis Attorneys offer the full range of services relating to family and matrimonial law in South Africa. Most of the time, these cases are sensitive matters, which is why it is important for our clients to know that all cases are handled in complete confidentiality.
Our service options include local and international divorces, custody applications, child abduction, paternity disputes, maintenance matters, variation of existing divorce orders (where possible), domestic violence matters, antenuptial and postnuptial agreements, civil union and cohabitation agreements, universal partnership disputes and advice on separation of parties involved in cohabitation relationships, to name only a few.
Since the company was founded in 2002, we have assisted many clients in dealing with divorces, child maintenance disputes, and other family matters.
We have been successful in various applications to the high court to change a married couple’s marital status. This is especially helpful if you are married in community of property and need to avoid the negative financial effects associated with a marriage in community of property. This is a definite consideration when you are facing insolvency and almost always a consideration for asset protection.
We are also experienced in the procedural and practical aspects involving cases of curatorship. There are many situations in life which can result in a person no longer being able to manage their financial affairs or make informed decisions. This usually follows cases of mental illness, intellectual disability, Alzheimers and Dementia, physical disability, or any ageing related issues in general. In such cases, the only way to assist these people is to bring an application for the appointment of a curator bonis. This practice is otherwise known as curatorship.
In South Africa, there is no legal enduring power of attorney so even if a patient has given a family member or friend a power of attorney to act on his/her behalf, as soon as the patient’s mental capacity diminishes to below the legal threshold, the power of attorney falls away. This has serious consequences for the person who is appointed as the power of attorney. Should they continue to act in terms of the power of attorney, their actions amount to fraud and they can be prosecuted. For this reason, there needs to be an application appointing a curator.
We also manage numerous trusts on behalf of those clients less fortunate than ourselves, those who do not have ‘legal standing’ to handle their own affairs.
If you are looking to consult professional and ethical divorce lawyers in Cape Town to assist with your divorce, or you are looking for experienced family lawyers in Cape Town to help you through a difficult family situation, you have come to the right place!
The team of attorneys at our firm are passionate about helping clients, and by making sure that our clients are treated fairly during a divorce, or a similar experience, we believe that we are making a positive difference.
Contact us either via phone or email for more information.