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Bianca Bernardis-Larratt


Bianca completed her BA LLB at the University of Natal in 1997 and after serving articles with a local firm was admitted as an attorney in 2000. Bianca was also admitted as a conveyancer in 2006 and a notary public in 2007. Principally a litigator, Bianca has developed a specialised interest in matrimonial and family law, although she remains committed to commercial litigation and has considerable experience in building and construction law. Bianca has been appointed as a Director in the Litigation Department at Garlicke & Bousfield.

Family Law. Table of contents.
  • Legal recognition of the unborn child
  • Paternity
  • Maintenance and the unborn child
  • Registration of births
  • Termination of the Pregnancy Act
  • Interests of the unborn child and nasciturus fiction
  • Surrogacy
  • Assisted reproductive technology
  • Engagement and antenuptial contracts
  • Legality and marriage
  • Consequences of marriages
  • Proprietary consequences
  • Cohabitation
  • Civil Union Act
  • Customary marriages
  • Islamic and Hindu marriages
  • Foreign marriages
  • Variation of marital regime section 21 applications
  • Dissolution of marriage on death of a spouse
  • Annulment
  • Preliminary steps
  • Consequences of divorce
  • Divorce procedures
  • Opposed divorces
  • Rescission, suspension and variation of orders
  • Procedure when parties commence with their own divorce
  • Definition of the child and majority
  • Legal capacity
  • Legislation and the realisation of children's rights
  • The paramount principle of the best interests
  • Parental responsibilities and rights
  • Guardianship
  • Care
  • Contact
  • Parenting plans
  • The Children's Court
  • Children in need of care and protection
  • Sexual offences against children
  • Duty of support
  • Spousal maintenance
  • Interim maintenance
  • Maintenance enquiries and orders
  • Enforcement and execution
  • Appeals, suspensions, rescissions and variations
  • Recognition of foreign maintenance orders

  • Domestic violence
  • Protection from harassment
  • Common law
  • Unborn children
  • Cohabitees
  • Maintenance of Surviving Spouse Act
  • Maintenance of children and the Guardian Fund
  • The Hague Abduction Convention
  • Domestic adoption
  • International adoption

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