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JM Shoot Attorneys, Johannesburg, has considerable experience with family law matters, most notably - Divorce. We are experienced attorneys who understand the unique and often trying circumstances that a divorce places our clients in.

J M Shoot Attorneys provides reliable and effective legal representation, advice and assistance to clients throughout the divorce process. Going through a divorce can be a difficult and traumatic experience. Apart from the legal issues - such as the dissolution of the marriage, the division of assets, maintenance, child support and access, there are also psychological, emotional and financial issues that need to be taken care of.

It is of fundamental importance that one has an experienced attorney representing their interests, and those of their children, during the divorce process. A person in the process of a divorce must consider that the protection of their interests will depend significantly on the pragmatism, common-sense and experience of their attorney.

If an aggressive approach is required in the litigation process then it may in some circumstances be appropriate. However, in most instances we prefer to take a more pragmatic approach. As attorneys we are here to protect our client’s best interests, and to solve legal problems - not to create them. We have seen many instances of attorneys who unnecessarily escalate tensions between parties and create an unpleasant adversarial tone which is carried into their lives, and of their children. We tend to favour the best solution - if that solution entails mediation or an amicable negotiated settlement, then that would be preferable. However a firmer approach may be needed in other circumstances. Apart from legal advice we also offer common sense and a broad pragmatic approach.

As stated above, a preferable course in most circumstances would be to seek an amicable resolution of the issues emanating from the dissolution of the marriage. Divorces may be negotiated and finalized if both parties are willing to sign a settlement agreement that addresses all important issues, including the custody, care and maintenance of any children and the distribution of the marital property. This requires both parties to consider and discuss all relevant issues and, as far as possible, to agree on arrangements that govern all such issues.

JM Shoot Attorneys will advise and assist our clients during this process, facilitating the negotiation of all relevant issues and drafting a thorough and agreeable settlement agreement. In the event that there are children involved, we will ensure that the settlement agreement is accepted and endorsed by the Family Advocate.

Negotiating and signing a settlement agreement can avert a costly litigation process, not to mention considerable time. It can ensure that your divorce is finalized within approximately 4-6 weeks after the signing of the settlement agreement, costing a fraction of the price it would if the divorce process was dragged out for months or years.

In certain situations, the arrangements that were agreed upon in the settlement agreement may no longer adequate. If, at some point after a divorce, a client considers that the arrangements agreed upon in the settlement agreement need to be renegotiated, we will assist them in this process. This frequently occurs in regard to the payment of maintenance for the spouse and children. In such an instance we can assist our client with acquiring a new maintenance order that gives better effect to the needs of them and their children.

JM Shoot Attorneys will handle your divorce with considerable sensitivity and care, and will endeavour to protect the best interests of you and your children, thereby ensuring that your divorce settlement is in your and your children’s best interest.

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