Family Law

At Johnston and Partners our family, matrimonial and divorce department offers expert advice and assistance in all aspects of divorce, separation, matrimonial and family law matters.

We offer broad knowledge and years of experience of the whole range of family, matrimonial and divorce law issues. We consider with you how best to resolve the disputes you face and help you in a collaborative way to achieve your aims with the help of our divorce, matrimonial and family law attorneys.

Our success in this sensitive field of Law has established our formidable reputation. Our expertise of Family Law Includes: Divorce, Access and Custody applications, Family violence, Interdicts, Maintenance, Adoptions, Ante-nuptial contracts, Settlements, Matrimonial contracts, Liquidation and Distributions of Matrimonial Estates, etcetera.

We can help you in preparing agreements to reflect what you would wish to happen should your relationship break down and we can help you deal with any litigation arising either from divorce or break down of a relationship. We tailor our fees to assist you in whatever way we can. Below we deal briefly with the sub-categories dealt with at our office:


We understand that divorce can be relatively simplistic if the parties approach divorce as it would a contract but understand that emotional strain can cause unnecessary worry when contemplating a divorce. At Johnston and Partners our profound approach is to  advise and assist client’s involved in divorce in a sympathetic but objective manner.


At Johnston and Partners we understand that this area of the law can result in ongoing litigation. We assist clients in both maintenance claims in regard to a spouse as well as the children during and after divorce or separation. In this regard we will always assess a matter and provide sound advice in particular when a minor child is involved.


We deal with an array of disputes relating to children, inclusive but not limited to care and contact disputes, parental rights and responsibilities, unmarried fathers rights, the implementation of parenting plans, child relocation and international child abduction


Unfortunately this area of law has seen prominence over the years and sadly, domestic violence is the most common human rights abuse in South Africa. In this regard Johnston and Partners will always assist clients in obtaining protection orders against an abusive partner or spouse, if there is evidence to suggest that such an order is warranted.


This area of law is but one example whereby the pending nuptials and life together must be considered in light of sound legal principles. This contract is a key legal decision that you should make with your partner and must be discussed openly and honestly. We assist clients to make the correct decision and draft tailor-made Antenuptial Contracts to suit their particular circumstances.


Unfortunately contested divorce proceedings and take many years to finalise and accordingly at Johnston and Partners there is an emphasis on mediation as opposed to litigation. Mediation is a positive approach to divorce, the focus in mediation is on problem solving, on developing a positive parenting plan and establishing effective communication between the parties.

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