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Expert Family Law Attorneys in Johannesburg/

Our Family Law department is committed to an effective, solutions-driven approach to all family law matters. We strive to provide you with a thorough understanding of the law in relation to your matter so you can best understand your legal position.

Our Family Law Department offers expert advice and assistance in all areas of family law matters./

At Witz Inc, family law forms an integral part of our practice, and for those seeking family law attorneys in Johannesburg, we provide expert counsel and assistance with all related matters.

Family law typically deals with topics which include parental rights and responsibilities, maintenance of dependents, and divorce. Our objective is to equip you with a sound understanding of the law in order to better understand your legal position, and also to provide advice on the most helpful and cost-effective approaches to resolving family law disputes or issues that you may encounter.

The director of the Family Law Department at Witz Inc is Claire Thomson. Claire has accrued vast experience and insight as a former Acting Magistrate in the Children’s Court, and is superbly qualified to offer pragmatic, honest advice which takes all perspectives into account. Above all, Claire is passionate about ensuring the well-being of children involved in family law matters – so you can be sure that in any dispute which may affect your children, their care and welfare is always of primary importance to us.

To find out more about our family-centric approach, contact our Family Law attorneys today on 011 010 0400 or via email.

Honesty, transparency, and a realistic, pragmatic approach is what we offer at Witz Inc. Our mandate – especially with regard to family law – is to seek solutions that are fair to all concerned.

What does this mean?/

It means that in addition to diligently applying our legal expertise to a matter, we also take into account the fact that family law disputes often incur a great deal of emotional conflict. Finding the balance between due legal process and an equitable agreement is something we specialise in, and we approach every matter with care and sensitivity to the nuances of each specific situation. In addition, South African law makes provision for a wide range of recognised family dynamics – including traditional or customary unions, nuclear and extended families, same-sex marriages, and committed partners who are not married but who parent children together, among others. This means that every family unit is unique, and a ‘one size fits all’ legal solution cannot be applied.

For this reason, Claire and her team’s approach to dealing with family law matters is one of empathy, sensitivity, and respect for the family or cultural norms that define the family unit, ensuring that your needs are fully understood and that you are properly advised and expertly represented.

Being solutions driven, it is our mandate to present all legal options available to our clients and to educate them as to how these would apply to their unique set of circumstances. In doing so we seek to empower our clients and equip them to make well-informed decisions best suited to their needs. Authenticity, combined with a sympathetic, intuitive approach, enables us to apply legal expertise in a deeply human and relatable manner.

Our Family Law department specialises in:/

Matters involving children

  • Matters involving children including parental rights and responsibilities in regard to minors
  • Care and contact (formerly custody and access) applications
  • Guardianship applications
  • Maintenance applications
  • Surrogacy
  • Adoptions
  • Children’s court proceedings
  • International relocation applications


  • Mediation
  • Divorce litigation
  • Unopposed divorce proceedings

Domestic violence and protection from harassment

  • Protection Orders and related matters
  • Protection from Harassment
  • Domestic violence and abuse

General family law matters

  • Cohabitation agreements
  • Assisting clients with the drafting of their antenuptial contracts prior to marriage, as well as postnuptial contracts where these are required
  • Managing mental health or incapacity applications and curatorship applications on behalf of clients and their families
  • Offering a complete service with regard to drafting of wills and winding up of deceased estates