Who pays the Family Advocate?

The Family Advocate is a legal officer employed by the Department of Justice and acts as legal representative of the children, accordingly, the services of the Family Advocate are rendered free of charge.

What does the family advocate do?

The Family Advocate assists the parties to reach an agreement on disputed issues, namely:

  • Custody
  • Access
  • Guardianship.

The Family Advocate evaluates the parties’ circumstances in light of the best interests of the minor child and makes a recommendation to the Court in this regard.

Points to note about the Family Advocate

  • The Family Advocate cannot become involved in any matter that has already been finalized by the Court.
  • The Family Advocate cannot be subpoenaed to Court as a witness to give evidence on behalf of any party even if his/ her recommendation is in favour of that party.
  • The recommendation of the Family Advocate is intended to assist the Court in adjudicating a matter and arriving at a particular order. The recommendation itself is not enforceable unless incorporated in a Court Order.
  • The Family Advocate is a neutral institution and cannot act as the legal representative for either litigant, in a matter.

When may you consult the Office of the Family Advocate?

Kindly contact our offices to arrange a consultation to discuss this in further detail.