Question: When do you get a divorce in South Africa?

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.

When can you legally get divorced?

You and your spouse must have been separated for more than 12 months and there is no possibility of getting back together. If you have been living separately under the same roof for more than 12 months, you can still apply for a divorce, but you will need to prepare and file additional documents.

How much does a divorce cost in SA?

Divorce and Family Lawyers Fees and Costs. 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.

How do I get a divorce in South Africa?

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 have a summons served. A divorce summons must be served personally on the defendant by the sheriff of the court.

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