Who is KAFam?

KAFam is an organisation which aimed at helping individuals solve their disputes in a dignified and effective manner.

WHAT IS MEDIATION?

Mediation, as procedure which can be used as an alternative to litigation in court, aims to resolve disputes in a manner which accommodates the interests of everyone involved as much as possible. The mediation process involves a structured negotiation in which a neutral and impartial third party (mediator), independent of and acceptable to the differing parties, facilitates the resolution of disputes.

Disputes are generally resolved by having a mediator facilitate discussions and negotiations which are aimed at assisting the differing parties with

  • The systematic isolation of the core issues which are in dispute
  • The clarification of the respective priorities
  • The generation and development of options available
  • The exploration of potential areas of compromise and
  • The arrival at a mutually acceptable agreement resolving the dispute.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MEDIATION?

TIME & MONEY

Since the courts, judges and lawyers are not involved in the discussions, parties do not have to wait for all the paper work and procedures to be followed before they can start working towards a resolution. Furthermore, mediation is often much more cost- effective than having to fight in court and have someone else decide on a solution for you.

PRIVACY & CONFIDENTIALITY

The use of mediation as an alternative to litigation in court means that neither party is required to publicly voice their positions in front of a judicial officer. Far from the public eye, mediation is performed in a private setting and allows for all disclosed information to be kept confidential.

VOLUNTARY

Mediation is a completely voluntary process in which all the participating parties have to agree to mediate a particular issue which is in dispute and, furthermore, agree on an independent third party as an acceptable mediator.

INVOLVEMENT

The mediator, whilst remaining unbiased, essentially controls the mediation process which establishes constructive dialogue and assists the parties in arriving at a solution suitable to both parties without a person who is not directly involved in the dispute (such as a judge or a magistrate in court) deciding for them.

BINDING SOLUTION

In some cases, the agreement that is shaped by both parties with the assistance of a mediator can be made an order of court. This essentially creates legally enforceable obligations in terms of what was agreed to during the mediation process.

WHAT DISPUTES CAN A MEDIATIOR HELP WITH?

GENERAL FAMILY LAW MATTERS – Separation, Inter-family Relationships, Work Relationships, Parent and Child Relationships, Divorces (Contested and Uncontested), Universal Partnerships, Same Sex Marriages, Co-Habitation Agreements, Ante-Nuptial Contracts, Post-Nuptial Contracts, Care and Contact Arrangements, Parenting Plans, Surrogacy Applications and Adoptions Child Maintenance, Spousal Maintenance, Interim Maintenance Applications, Rule 43 High Court Applications, Rule 58 Magistrate Court Applications.
PROTECTION ORDERS – Domestic Violence Orders, Harassment Act Orders.
HAGUE CONVENTION – International Child Abduction Applications,
PROPERTY & FINANCIAL MATTERS

SUE PILLAY

suepillay@icloud.com

CHANDRA ELLAURIE

chandraellaurie@gmail.com

JEANNÉ VOGEL VAN DER SANDT

Umhlanga, Durban
jeanne@vogelvandersandt.co.za
082 415 8160 

MARGIE VAN ZYL

margievz100@gmail.com

Jean-FRANCOIS DE MARIGNY

demhow@mweb.co.za

JO DU PLESSIS

joduplessis@me.com

MARLENE JACOBS

m.jacobsmediation@gmail.com

TRACEY-LEIGH WESSELS

tlw@law.co.za

NOMBALI NDLOVU

nombalibndlovu@yahoo.com

STEVE MACK

smack@iafrica.com

HELEN KEEN 

mmhk@mweb.co.za

CHARMAINE DE WAARD

dewaardpractice@telkomsa.net

IRENE DUGMORE

idugmore@telkomsa.net

CAROL FRIEDMAN

carol@seedtrust.net

HELEN KEEN

mmhk@mweb.co.za

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