Bertus Preller is a Family and Divorce Law Attorney at Abrahams and
Gross Inc. and offers expert advice and assistance in all aspects of
divorce, separation and family matters. Due to demand he is also now
offering weekly consultations in Johannesburg, Durban and Pretoria on
all family law related matters. He offers a broad knowledge and years of
experience of the whole range of family law issues and consider with
you how best to resolve and help you to achieve your aims.
When considering children matters, he aims to assist you in
resolving matters in a way that reflects the best interests of the
children. His team can help you in preparing agreements to reflect what
you would wish to happen should your relationship break down and can
help you deal with any litigation arising either from divorce or break
down of a relationship.
Whether advising in the context of divorce or separation his team
recognise and understands the level of stress and emotional trauma that
accompanies the breakdown of a marriage. There approach is to advise
and assist in a sympathetic but objective manner. The team are
sensitive to the very personal issues involved and are able to
recommend suitably qualified professional counsellors/mediators, where
Married couples can dissolve their marriage through divorce. This
ends the marriage and the divorced parties can then legally marry
again. The divorce process will depend on whether the marriage is a
civil marriage or a customary marriage. Civil marriages gets dissolved
according to the rules and procedures set out in the South African
Divorce Act. Marriages in terms of African Customary Law are dissolved
according to the civil law but some of the consequences are determined
by custom and tradition. Muslim and Hindi marriages are dissolved in
terms of the rites and rituals of the religion.
There are a number of issues that need to be addressed in a divorce, including:
- custody of the children
- access to the children
- dividing up property
- Contested Divorces
Contested Divorces are when the Parties involved cannot reach an
agreement. A contested divorce can last anything between 3 months to 3
years and can be extremely expensive financially and emotionally
Many Contested Divorce cases still do not go on Trial and are settled
long before they end up in Court. It is extremely difficult to assess
the costs of a Contested Divorce, for these matters his team would bill
at an affordable hourly rate – as do the other Professional
Practitioners who will become involved in this matter – for example
Advocates, Psychologists, Private Investigators and the like.
The team is extremely flexible on fees when they act in a Contested
Divorce and negotiate our fees with due cognisance of the client’s
income and what the client can afford. Client’s also know exactly what
they are in for to enable right from the start.
This is by far the least expensive process to get divorced and
recommended if you have been married for a short time, you don’t have
children, you don’t have many assets, and you can talk to each other and
reach agreement on the settlement. is a DIY divorce servive founded by Bertus Preller. 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 -W ritten in plain English and easy to follow
- Fast Service – Documents delivered within 24 hours guaranteed
The Gold Plan – Managed Divorce Service – R 6 000 all inclusive
- The price you pay is fixed from the start of your case and includes everything you will need.
- Why choose our Gold Plan Managed Divorce Service?
- No complicated form filling – We will do that for you.
- 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 on your behalf at Court.
- Professional and Trustworthy
- Save over R 2000 – Fixed fee for all the work
The court system is the way disputes are decided, but there are now
more effective and very different ways of resolving conflict than just
going through our courts. Mediation is a voluntary and confidential
process in which a mediator facilitates communication between the
parties, assists them in identifying the issues to be settled and
helping them reach a mutually agreeable resolution for their dispute. We
specialize in mediating divorce and family issues.
Mediation can guide a couple through the many complex processes of
divorce and can help them to make decisions regarding the division of
their assets, custody, visitation rights and child support. We can also
mediate and draft a Parenting Plan, offering a framework for divorced
parents to help them to stay close to their children after the
We assist clients in both maintenance claims in regard to a spouse as
well as the children. When a couple get divorced, one party is often
in a much better financial position than the other. In order for a
court to award maintenance to a spouse there must be a need for such
maintenance and an ability to pay. In case of maintenance of children
both parents have a duty to support their children having due regard to
their financial positions.
RULE 43 APPLICATIONS
We assist clients in obtaining maintenance pending the finalisation
of the divorce proceedings. A Rule 43 Application is an interim
application which is brought mainly in cases of contested divorces in
order to obtain interim relief pending finalisation of the divorce. The
relief which can be requested include maintenance for the wife,
maintenance for the children, interim custody and control or access to
the children and interim contributions towards legal costs.
MATRIMONIAL PROPERTY & PROPRIETARY CLAIMS
We assist clients with advice regarding the proprietary claims in
their marriage. In a marriage in community of property, division of the
joint estate is a natural consequence of a divorce. Forfeiture of
benefits of the marriage in community of property can however be claimed
by a party. The court would have regard to various factors i.e. the
duration of the marriage, circumstances leading to the breakdown,
misconduct of one of the parties etc.
Where the marriage is out of community of property specifically
excluding the cruel system and entered into after 1 November 1994, on
dissolution of the marriage in essence each spouse retains his or her
own separate assets. There are, however various other potential claims
which may be instituted based on moneys loaned and advanced, universal
partnerships etc. Where a marriage is out of community of property
without the accrual and entered before 1 November 1984 a redistribution
order in terms of section 7 (3) of the divorce Act can potentially be
claimed by a successful party. In order to be successful, a party must
satisfy the court that he or she contributed directly or indirectly to
the increase of the estate of the other.
Where the marriage is out of community of property subject to the
accrual system the net assets of each spouse is determined. Any assets
specifically excluded from the operation of the accrual in the
Antenuptial Contract are excluded from the calculation.
Any commencement value, increase in accordance with the rise in the
Consumer Price Index (CPI) from date of marriage to date of divorce, is
deducted from the accrual to each party’s estate. The net results
(estates) of each party are considered and the lesser net accrual
deducted from the greater.
The net difference between the parties is then divided in two or in
such other ratio as the parties may have agreed in their Antenuptial
Contract and the party showing the greater accrual shall pay the other
such amount in settlement of the patrimonial consequences of the
FAMILY – DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND ABUSE INTERDICTS
We assist clients in obtaining protection orders under the domestic
violence act in cases where domestic violence has been committed.
Domestic violence includes physical abuse, sexual abuse, and emotional,
verbal and psychological abuse.
It further includes intimidation, harassment, stalking, and damage to
property, entry into someone’s residence without consent where the
parties do not share the same residence or any other controlling or
abusive behaviour towards the complainant.
VISITATION – CUSTODY AND ACCESS
We assist clients in every aspect of obtaining custody, access and/or
visitation rights as well as drafting proper parenting plans in terms
of the new Children’s Act. We also assist clients to obtain endorsement
of Settlement Agreements at the family advocate where children’s
rights are at stake.
Adopting a child in South Africa is a complex matter. We work in
conjunction with social workers in private practice who offers
personalised and professional services four South African and
In an age when one out of every three marriages fails, parties with a
trail of prior relationships and marriages behind them may prefer to
live together, rather than get married to each other. These couples and
same-sex or heterosexual partners who choose not to get married should
sign a domestic partnership ( life partnership or cohabitation)
agreement to protect themselves should their relationship come to an
We assist both divorced couples and unmarried couples with
formulating parenting plans that is in the best interest of their minor