Divorce is rated as the second highest stress event, after the death of a spouse. In the United States divorce has been cited as a cause of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) resulting in insomnia, heightened anxiety, withdrawal, panic attacks, weight loss and depression.
It is therefore one of the most difficult decisions to proceed with a divorce or separation. During our initial discussions, we often advise clients to attend counselling or mediation as the first step. Feelings of guilt and inner conflict leads to emotional turmoil that can take your focus off work and cause depression. Commenting on the complexity of separation Lindi says: “During the severance process my clients are bombarded with various issues to consider and they are expected to make legal, financial, physical, mental and sometimes spiritual decisions. My role is to bring calm and perspective.”
During this period, it is important to know your legal rights in order to give you the clarity you need to make informed decisions. Clients are often surprised to discover their rightful claims in terms of costs, division, maintenance and children’s rights.
Be prepared and informed during this process. Speak to us first.
If your spouse is currently living in another country, it is still possible to proceed with a divorce in South Africa. Any person who wishes to serve a divorce summons outside the borders of South Africa is to bring an application to court first to obtain permission to do so. The costs to serve documents overseas are excessive. We can advise you on the most cost effective solution. Contact us to find out more.