The rights of minor and dependent children are governed primarily by one important principle in South African Law, namely the best interest of the child.

The otherside of the coin to the rights of minor and dependent children are the obligations of parents, guardians, the state and courts in giving effect to this fundamental right of our children. Fathers and mothers also have equal rights in relation to minor and dependent children.

Child custody disputes may arise when children are born out of wedlock, while parents may be still married to each other, during and after divorce proceedings, and generally throughout the childhood and dependancy of the child.

When attending to child custody issues that may arrise during any stage of the minor or dependent child's life, it is important that the attorney takes care of the best interest of the child by providing sound and informed advice to the client; understand the facts, law, circumstances, emotions and other relevant dynamics involved in the matter; and proceed with efficiency to bring the legal process/es to finality.

It is not only the parties to the dispute that go through enormous emotional distress during child custody disputes. The child also experience distress. When distress of this magnitude is experienced by children, the distress may scar the child for years to come lasting into the child's adulthood.

A great attorney in child custody disputes is always mindful of the trauma being experienced by the client and children in question, while at the same time, having the best interest of the children at heart.

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CCMA RULES - List of Rules


CCMA Rule 41

Rule 41 - What words mean in these Rules

CCMA Rule 40

Rule 40 - Certification and enforcement of arbitration awards

CCMA Rule 39

Rule 39 - Taxation of bills of cost

CCMA Rule 38

Rule 38 - Payment of witness fees

CCMA Rule 37

Rule 37 - How to have a subpoena issued

CCMA Rule 36

Rule 36 - Recordings of Commission proceedings

CCMA Rule 35

Rule 35 - Condonation for failure to comply with the rules

CCMA Rule 34

Rule 34 - How to request a pre-dismissal arbitration in terms of section 188A

CCMA Rule 33

Rule 33 - How to apply to refer a dismissal dispute to the Labour Court

CCMA Rule 32

Rule 32 - How to apply to vary or rescind arbitration awards or rulings

CCMA Rule 31

31   How to bring an application

CCMA Rule 30

Rule 30 - What happens if a party fails to attend proceedings before the Commission

CCMA Rule 29

Rule 29 - Disclosure of documents

CCMA Rule 28

Rule 28 - When the Commission may consolidate disputes

CCMA Rule 27

Rule 27 - How to correct the citation of a party

CCMA Rule 26

Rule 26 - How to join or substitute parties to proceedings

CCMA Rule 25

25   Representation before the commission

CCMA Rule 24

Rule 24 - Where a conciliation or arbitration will take place

CCMA Rule 23

Rule 23 - How to postpone an arbitration

CCMA Rule 22

Rule 22 - How to determine whether a commissioner may arbitrate a dispute

CCMA Rule 21

Rule 21 - What notice must the commission give of an arbitration

CCMA Rule 20

Rule 20 - When the parties must hold a pre-arbitration conference

CCMA Rule 19

Rule 19 - When must the parties file statements

CCMA Rule 18

Rule 18 - How to request arbitration

CCMA Rule 17

Rule 17 - Conduct of con-arb in terms of section 191(5A) of the Labour Relations Act

CCMA Rule 16

Rule 16 - Conciliation proceedings may not be disclosed 

CCMA Rule 15

Rule 15 - Issuing of a certificate in terms of section 135(5)

CCMA Rule 14

Rule 14 - How to determine whether a commissioner may conciliate a dispute

CCMA Rule 13

Rule 13 - What happens if a party fails to attend or is not represented at conciliation

CCMA Rule 12

Rule 12 - Commission may seek to resolve dispute before conciliation

CCMA Rule 11

Rule 11 - What notice must the Commission give of a conciliation

CCMA Rule 10

Rule 10 - How to refer a dispute to the Commission for conciliation

CCMA Rule 9

Rule 9 - How to seek condonation for documents delivered late

CCMA Rule 8

Rule 8 - Documents and notices sent by registered post

CCMA Rule 7

Rule 7 - How to file documents with the Commission

CCMA Rule 6

Rule 6 - How to prove that a document was served in terms of the Rules

CCMA Rule 5

Rule 5 - How to serve documents on other parties

CCMA Rule 4

Rule 4 - Who must sign documents?

CCMA Rule 3

Rule 3 - How to calculate time periods in these Rules.

CCMA Rule 2

Rule 2 - When are the offices of the Commission open.

CCMA Rule 1

Rule 1 - How to contact the Commission