Can an Overseas Spouse Defend a Divorce Action in South Africa?

Can an Overseas Spouse Defend a Divorce Action in South Africa?

Dealing with a divorce can be challenging, especially when one spouse lives outside South Africa. The good news is, you can still file for divorce in South Africa under these circumstances. Our law stipulates that South African courts hold jurisdiction if at least one partner is domiciled or has been an ordinary resident within the court’s jurisdiction.

It’s not uncommon for couples to find themselves in a situation where one spouse resides in South Africa and the other abroad. While this does make the divorce process slightly more complex, it certainly doesn’t make it impossible. The key lies in understanding the specific legal requirements and procedures that apply in these unique cases.

Our team specialises in handling such divorce cases, ensuring that the process is managed efficiently and with the necessary legal expertise. We guide you through every step, from filing the divorce to finalising the proceedings, even when your spouse is not resident in South Africa.

For more information or to discuss your specific situation, feel free to contact us. We’re here to provide the support and legal advice you need during this challenging time

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