During its three decades in practice, Simpson Incorporated has handled more than a thousand divorce matters, ranging from unopposed amicable cases to the most acrimonious and intricate ones.
Simpson Incorporated has a team of experienced divorce lawyers in Johannesburg and can guide you through this time of emotional turmoil.
Simpson Incorporated is committed to minimise the emotional and financial stress of divorce on all members of the family. We pride ourselves on ensuring that the divorce proceedings are handled as cost effectively and expeditiously as possible, so you can get on with building a better future.
Our dedicated team of divorce lawyers in Johannesburg will assist you every step of the way, advising you of your rights, explaining the procedure, and ensuring you are always informed on the progress of your case.
Filing for divorce
Divorce is the process where a marriage is ended. For a decree of divorce to be granted, the party instituting the divorce proceedings needs to prove one of these two conditions:
- The marriage has irretrievably broken down. This often includes some or all of these factors: the communication between the parties has completely broken down; the parties have not lived together continuously for a period of one year as husband and wife; and that the parties have lost their love and respect for one another.
- The mental illness or the continuous unconsciousness of a party to the marriage.
An uncontested divorce is the quickest and most inexpensive type of divorce. Both spouses need to agree that they want a divorce and work together to agree on the terms of the divorce, including maintenance, the division of assets, primary residence, and care of the children.
Uncontested divorce proceedings may be finalised in a matter of weeks. If you need divorce lawyers in Johannesburg, we can assist with facilitating an uncontested divorce.
Mediated divorces are more expensive and take longer to finalise. It may also subject spouses and family members to increased levels of emotional distress, especially if one of the spouses does not want to divorce.
In this type of divorce, the spouses are unable to agree to a divorce settlement and employ the services of an attorney and/or professional mediator like Simpson Incorporated to help negotiate and conclude an agreement that is satisfactory for all parties.
This is the least favourable of the three types of divorce, and may take years to finalise, causing significant emotional and financial harm to all family members.
The most common disagreements that result in a contested divorce relate to maintenance, division of assets, and child care. In some instances, one or both spouses refuse to settle for various reasons. In a contested divorce both spouses would need to appear in court several times in order to allow the court to determine the terms of their divorce, resulting in extremely high legal costs and emotional trauma.
Leading divorce lawyers in Johannesburg
Contact Simpson Incorporated today for assistance with your divorce.