Online Divorce in South Africa
In today’s society, with the constraints and pressures of everyday life why should obtaining a divorce have to make everything grind to a halt? The answer is simply it shouldn’t and doesn’t have to. Hundreds of people every month throughout South Africa are seeking ways to reduce the amount of time it takes and the costs involved in obtaining a divorce and turn to online divorce services such as eDivorce to assist them in this process.
By using an online divorce service the average divorce can be completed in just 4 weeks and cost (excluding sheriff fees) from as little as R 950.00 in comparison to Attorney fees that can be in excess of R 10 000.00.
To start the divorce process is easy, if you are involved in an uncontested divorce. Simply go to http://www.edivorce.co.za and register. Then fill in a questionnaire that will take about 20 minutes and your divorce documents will be generated in less than 24 hours.
The system generates the following documents:
- Combined Summons
- Particulars of Claim
- Consent Paper – Settlement Agreement
- Parenting Plan
- Annexure A for the Family Advocate
- Government Statistics Form (Form 07 – 04)
- Step-by-Step letter, explaining the process
The eDivorce process has two Divorce Plans from which you can choose:
The Silver Plan – R 950 + Sheriff fee of between R 100 – R 150
- All your divorce forms – completed for you by the eDivorce platform and checked by divorce experts.
- Step-by-Step Guide -Written in plain English and easy to follow.
- Fast Service – Documents delivered within 24 – 36 hours guaranteed.
The Gold Plan – Managed Divorce Service – R 5 000 all inclusive:
- The price you pay is fixed from the start of your case and includes everything you will need.
- All your required divorce documents-Prepared and completed by divorce specialists.
- 7 day a week service- We are open when it is convenient for you. All documents filed at court for you – We deal with all the filing and admin.
- Settlement Agreements are catered for- We can help you, with or without children.
- Get a Free Will – For both Husband and Wife if you need one.
- Divorce in 4 to 6 weeks -Fast service guaranteed.
- Attorney supervised – All services supervised by an Attorney.
- Appearance at Court – We appoint an Attorney or Advocate to appear with you on your behalf with you at Court.
- Professional and Trustworthy.
- Save over R 3000 – Fixed fee for all the work.
eDivorce is a technology platform enabling members of the public to draft their own legal documentation for purposes of initiating and concluding uncontested divorce proceedings through either the High Courts or Divorce Courts in South Africa.
In matters where there is disputes over the children, it will be better to see an attorney.
The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development has amended the Magistrate’s Courts Act of 1944 giving powers to Regional Courts to now deal with divorce cases as well. President Jacob Zuma announced the commencement of the Jurisdiction of Regional Courts Amendment Act which came into effect on 9th August 2010, the National Woman’s Day. The Regional Courts were established in 1952 to deal with divorces, serious criminal offences and mete out harsher penalties. The amendments increase access to justice to members of the public, in particular, women and children who go to courts daily for the resolution of family related disputes relating to divorce; maintenance; adoption; and matters relating to custody of minor children.
These amendments are good news for people utilising the eDivorce process, a DIY online divorce service at http://www.edivorce.co.za for the mere reason that it offers parties in a divorce action the opportunity to conclude their divorce in their area of residence, faster and with wider access to the courts. Previously divorces in South Africa were handled by just a few Family Courts and the High Court and through the implementation of the new system; it will be not only more cost effective but also quicker as a result of the spread in the workload.
- There are now 62 more Regional courts to deal with same workload that the 3 former divorce courts.
- This will assist in reducing case backlogs both at the High Courts and Magistrates Courts.
- Proceedings in the High Courts are complex to the extent that attorneys and advocates are usually instructed resulting in high litigation costs.
- Regional courts have a reduced scale of costs in relation to the High Court, and simplified proceedings which include the use of mediation in resolving civil disputes.
- Registrars and assistant registrars appointed at each regional court to provide assistance to member of the public.
The Courts are located in the diagram below:
|Province||New seat of civilRegional Court||Areas in respect of which the civil Regional Court has jurisdiction|
|EasternCape||East London||East London, Komgha and Mdantsane|
|Grahamstown||Albany, Adelaide, Alexandria, Bathurst, Bedford and Somerset East.|
|Graaff-Reinet||Graaff-Reinet, Aberdeen, Cradock, Hofmeyr, Jansenville, Middelburg, Pearston and Willowmore.|
|King William’sTown||King William’s Town, Cathcart, Fort Beaufort, Keiskammahoek, Middledrift, Peddie, Stutterheim, Victoria East andZwelitsha.|
|Mthatha||Umtata, Bizana, Butterworth (Gcuwa), Elliot, Elliotdale (Xhora), Engcobo, Flagstaff (Siphaqeni) , Idutywa, Kentani (Centane), Libode, Lusikisiki, Maclear, Matatiele, Mount Ayliff (Maxesibeni), Mount Fletcher, Mount Frere (Kwabacha) , Mqanduli, Nqamakwe, Ngqeleni, Port St Johns (Umzimvubu), Qumbu, Tabankulu, Tsolo, Tsomo and Willowvale (Gatyana)|
|Port Elizabeth||Port Elizabeth, Kirkwood, Motherwell and Uitenhage.|
|Queenstown||Queenstown, Albert, Aliwal North, Barkley East, Glen Grey (Cacadu) (Lady Frere), Herschel, Hewu, Indwe, Lady Grey, Mo;teno, Mpofu (Seymor) (Stockentrom), Ntabethemba, Sterkstroom, Steynsburg, St Marks (Cofimvaba), Tarka, Venterstad, Wodehouse and Xalanga (Cala).|
|Humansdorp||Humansdorp, Hankey, Joubertina, and Steytlerville.|
|Free State||Bethlehem||Bethlehem, Ficksburg, Fouriesburg, Frankfort, Harrismith, Lindley, Reitz, Senekal, Villiers, Vrede and Witsieshoek.|
|Bloemfontein||Bloemfontein , Bethulie, Boshof, Botshabelo, Brandfort, Clocolan, Dewetsdorp, Edenburg, Excelsior , Fauresmith, Jacobsdal, Jagersfontein, Koffirfontein, Ladybrand, Marquard, Petrusburg, Philippolis, Reddersburg, Rouxville, Smithfield, Trompsburg, Thaba Nchu, Wepener and Zastron|
|Kroonstad||Kroonstad, Heilbron, Koppies, Parys, Sasolburg, Viljoenskroon and Vredefort.|
|Welkom||Welkom, Bothaville, Bultfontein, Hennenman, Hoopstad, Odendaalsrus, Theunissen, Ventersburg, Virginia, Wesselsbron and Winburg.|
|Gauteng||Ekangala||Ekangala, Bronkhorstspruit and Cullinan.|
|Johannesburg||Johannesburg. [Can also go to Kliptown Regional Court]|
|Kempton Park||Kempton Park, Benoni, Boksburg, Daveyton and Tembisa.|
|Kliptown (Canalso go to JohannesburgRegionalCourt)||Armadale, Chiawelo, Comptonville, Devland, Dhlamini, Diepkloof, Dobsonville, Dobsonville Gardens, Doornkop, Dube, Emdeni, Jabavu, Jabavu Central Western, Jabulani, Klipriviersoog, Klipspruit, Klipspruit West, Lenaron, A.H., Lougherin A.H., Lufhereng, Mapetla, Meadowlands, Meredale, Mofolo Central, Mofolo North, Mofolo South, Molapo, Moletsane, Moroka, Moroka North, Naledi, Naturena, Nomzamo, Noordgesig, Orlando, Orlando East, Orlando Ekhaya, Orlando West, Phiri, Pimville Ext & Zones, Power Park, Protea City, Protea Glen, Protea North, Protea North Ext.1, Protea North Ext.9, Protea South Ext.1, Racecourse, Riversdale, Senaoane, Stesa A.H, Slovoville, Slovoville Ext.1, Tladi, Zola, Zola Ext.1 and Zondi.|
|Oberholzer||Oberholzer and Westonaria.|
|Pretoria||Pretoria, Atteridgeville, Mamelodi, Soshanguve and Wonderboom.|
|Randburg||Randburg and Alexandra.|
|Roodepoort||Roodepoort, Krugersdorp and Randfontein.|
|Germiston||Germiston and Alberton.|
|Vereeniging||Vereeniging, Meyerton and Vanderbijlpark.|
|Springs||Springs, Brakpan, Heidelberg and Nigel.|
|KwaZulu-Natal||Durban||Durban, Chatsworth, Inanda, Lower Tugela, Ndwedwe, Pinetown, Umbumbulu, Umlazi and Ntuzuma.|
|Empangeni||Empangeni (Lower Umfolozi), Eshowe, Hlabisa, Kranskop, Mahlabatini, Mapumulo, Mtonjaneni,Mtunzini and Nkandhla.|
|Newcastle||Newcastle, Dannhauser, Dundee, Estcourt, Glencoe, Klip River, Madadeni, Msinga, Utrecht and Weenen.|
|Vryheid||Vryheid, Babanango, Ingwavuma, Ngotshe, Nongoma, Nqutu, Paulpietersburg, Piet Retief and Ubombo.|
|Pietermaritzburg||Pietermaritzburg, Bergville, Camperdown, Impendle, Lion’s River, Mooi River, New Hanover, Polela, Richmond, Umvoti and Underberg.|
|Port Shepstone||Port Shepstone, Alfred, Ixopo, Mount Currie, Umzimkulu and Umzinto.|
|Limpopo||Giyani||Giyani, Bolobedu, Malamulele, Sekgosese, Tshitale and Vuwani.|
|Sekhukhune||Sekhukhuneland, Nebo and Praktiseer|
|Modimolle||Waterberg, Ellisras, Northam, Phalala, Thabazimbi and Warmbaths.|
|Polokwane||Pietersburg, Bochum, Mankweng, Mokerong, Potgietersrus and Seshego.|
|Tzaneen||Letaba, Lulekani, Namakgale, Naphuno, Ritavi and Phalaborwa.|
|Thohoyandou||Thohoyandou, Dzanani, Hlanganani, Messina, Mutale, Sibasa, Soutpansberg, Tiyani and Tshilwavhisiku.|
|Mpumalanga||Eerstehoek (Elukwatini)||Eerstehoek, Carolina, Ermelo, Piet Retief and Wakkerstroom.|
|Evander||Highveld Ridge, Amersfoort, Balfour, Bethal, Delmas, Standerton and Volksrust.|
|KwaMhlanga||Kwamhlanga, Mathanjana, Mbibana, Mdutjana and Mkobola.|
|Middelburg||Middelburg, Groblersdal, Kriel, Moutse and Witbank.|
|Mbombela||Nelspruit, Barberton, Belfast, Lydenburg, Mapulaneng, Mhala, Nkomazi, Nsikazi, Pilgrim’s Rest, Waterval-Boven and White River.|
|Northern Cape||De Aar||De Aar, Britstown, Carnarvon, Colesberg, Hanover, Noupoort, Philipstown, Richmond and Victoria West.|
|Kimberley||Kimberley, Barkly West, Hartswater, Douglas, Hopetown, Jan Kempdorp and Warrenton.|
|Springbok||Calvinia, Fraserburg, Garies, Namaqualand, Port Nolloth, Sutherland and Williston.|
|Upington||Gordonia, Groblershoop, Hay, Kakamas, Kathu, Keimoes, Kenhardt, Kuruman, Olifantshoek, Pofadder, Postmasburg and Prieska.|
|North West||Brits||Brits and Warmbaths.|
|Ga-Rankuwa||Odi and Pretoria.|
|Klerksdorp||Klerksdorp, Bloemhof, Christiana, Schweizer-Reneke and Wolmaransstad.|
|Mmabatho||Molopo (Mafikeng), Atamelang, Ditsobotla, Mafeking, Lehurutshe, Lichtenburg, Mafeking, Ottosdal and Zeerust|
|Potchefstroom||Potchefstroom, Coligny and Ventersdorp.|
|Rustenburg||Rustenburg, Bafokeng, Koster, Madikwe, Mankwe, Marico and Swartruggens.|
|Vryburg||Vryburg, Delareyville, Ganyesa, Kudumane (Tlhaping-Tlharo), Kuruman and Taung.|
|Western Cape||Atlantis||Atlantis, Clanwilliam, Hopefield, Malmesbury, Moorreesburg, Piketberg, Van Rhynsdorp, Vredenburg and Vredendal.|
|Bellville||Bellville, Bluedowns and Kuils River.|
|Cape Town||Cape and Goodwood.|
|George||George, Heidelberg, Knysna, Mossel Bay, Riversdale, Thembaletu and Uniondale.|
|Mitchells Plain||Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha.|
|Oudtshoorn||Oudtshoorn, Beaufort West, Calitzdorp, Ladismith, Murraysburg and Prince Albert.|
|Somerset West||Somerset West, Bredasdorp, Caledon, Grabouw, Hermanus, Paarl, Stellenbosch, Strand,Tulbagh, Wellington and Wolseley.|
|Worcester||Worcester, Bonnievale, Ceres, Laingsburg, Montagu, Robertson and Swellendam.|
|Wynberg||Wynberg, Athlone, Phillipi and Simon’s Town.|
For further info and how to conclude your divorce through the online eDivorce process at a fraction of the normal cost, visit http://www.edivorce.co.za or email email@example.com, you can also call the eDivorce hotline on 0835334428