Shani van Niekerk

Senior Associate | Attorney
Contact Details
+27124326155 / 0720376571
shani.vanniekerk@adams.africa
Pretoria Office & Johannesburg Office
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About me

Shani is a senior associate in the CPL department. Her speciality and passion lie in matrimonial disputes and family law, inclusive of Domestic Violence and Harassment issues. Shani is a member of the Legal Practice Council and Gauteng Family Law Forum.

Shani frequently appears in the Children’s Courts, Magistrate’s Courts, Regional Courts and High Courts of South Africa on behalf of clients. She has furthermore given advice on various live radio stations and tv broadcasts.

  • Matrimonial Disputes and Family Law

Academic Record

  • LLB (with distinction) – University of Pretoria | 2011

Qualifications

  • Admitted Attorney | 2014

Credentials

  • Legal Practice Council (LPC) – Member
  • Gauteng Family Law Forum (GFLF) – Member

Shani van Niekerk News & Podcasts

Another Constitutional Challenge in Family Law

Nov 22 2023 | Commercial Litigation, | Family Law, | Shani van Niekerk,

On 4 December 2023, the Pretoria High Court will determine whether Section 10(2) of the Recognition ...

Constitutional Court Changes the Divorce Act

Oct 27 2023 | Commercial Litigation, | Family Law, | Shani van Niekerk,

 Adams Adams Africa · Hot 102.7 – 11-10-2023 | Constitutional Court Changes the Divorce Act

CONSTITUTIONAL COURT CHANGES THE DIVORCE ACT

Oct 10 2023 | Commercial Litigation, | Family Law, | Shani van Niekerk,

On 10 October 2023 the Constitutional Court of South Africa confirmed the Pretoria High Court Order....

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY…

Aug 31 2023 | Commercial Litigation, | Family Law, | Shani van Niekerk,

The needs and requirements of minor children are a vast galaxy of intricate concepts regulated by a ...

WHAT IS FORFEITURE of ASSETS IN A DIVORCE?

Jan 18 2023 | Commercial Litigation, | Family Law, | Litigation, | Shani van Niekerk,

In most divorces, either one of or both the parties feel wronged and aggrieved by either having to s...

Court Changes divorce act

May 12 2022 | Commercial Litigation, | Family Law, | Shani van Niekerk,

On 11 May 2022 the Pretoria High Court ordered that Section 7(3)(a) of the Divorce Act, 70 of 1979, ...

Court asked to change divorce law to allow spouses married out of community of property right to claim assets

Mar 15 2022 | Commercial Litigation, | Family Law, | Shani van Niekerk,

Pretoria – The Gauteng High Court, Pretoria, has reserved judgment in an application that coul...

What will happen to me and my children in the midst of a pending divorce?

Jan 07 2022 | Commercial Litigation, | Family Law, | Shani van Niekerk,

The start and end of the festive season sadly sees an expected rise in the onset of divorce actions....

Divorce Lawyers: Preparation Beforehand

Jun 10 2021 | Commercial Litigation, | Courtney Elson, | Family Law, | Shani van Niekerk,

The Covid-19 pandemic has taken its toll on many marriages, with the divorce rate climbing to unusua...

Customary Marriages and "Izibizo" - Is the Tradition Becoming Extortion

May 24 2021 | Commercial Litigation, | Family Law, | Shani van Niekerk, | Sikelela Masumpa,

South African Customary Law consists of various customs, traditions and practices that are carried o...

Update on Sperm Donor's Battle to See "His Child"

Apr 15 2021 | Commercial Litigation, | Family Law, | Shani van Niekerk,

Women are increasingly using sperm donors to get pregnant, either because they are in a same-sex rel...

Sperm Donor’s Battle to See “His Child”

Apr 09 2021 | Commercial Litigation, | Family Law, | Shani van Niekerk,

In May 2015, a Gauteng man donated sperm to a same sex couple in terms of a sperm donor agreement. I...

A Giant Leap Ahead for Women’s Rights

Mar 28 2021 | Commercial Litigation, | Family Law, | Shani van Niekerk,

“Human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights” The cabinet has appro...

Frequently used legal phrases, and their definitions, in a divorce

Jan 25 2021 | Commercial Litigation, | Courtney Elson, | Family Law, | Shani van Niekerk,

The festive season has come to an abrupt stop and as people are returning to work from a rather unus...

Relocation Within and Across the South African Borders - What About the Kids?

Oct 18 2020 | Commercial Litigation, | Family Law, | Shani van Niekerk, | South Africa,

It is expected of divorced parties to close the old book and start a new life after what is usually ...

Covid-19: No “Payment Holiday” for Maintenance Payers

May 22 2020 | Commercial Litigation, | Family Law, | Shani van Niekerk,

The end of “lockdown” in South Africa is uncertain.  The devastating effect on the economy and ...

Contact Rights to Children Broadened “Children Can Hope to See Parents”

Apr 17 2020 | Commercial Litigation, | Courtney Elson, | Family Law, | Shani van Niekerk,

When lockdown was initially imposed children were required to remain solely with one parent holding ...

‘Stay at Home” During Lockdown Could Truly Flatten the Curve for Some

Apr 08 2020 | Commercial Litigation, | Courtney Elson, | Family Law, | Shani van Niekerk,

The enforcement of “lockdown” by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 27 March brings with it much uncer...

LOCKDOWN: What does it mean for divorced and separated parents’ contact rights in respect of their children?

Apr 05 2020 | Commercial Litigation, | Courtney Elson, | Family Law, | Shani van Niekerk,

Divorced and separated parents, as well as co-holders of parental rights and responsibilities, such ...

Tommy and Tiger Terry: An Empowering Tool for Children and Parents of Divorce

Apr 02 2020 | Commercial Litigation, | Family Law, | Shani van Niekerk,

Tommy and Tigger Terry projects the painful reality of divorce through the eyes of a boy thrust in t...

But what about the kids?

Jan 06 2020 | Commercial Litigation, | Family Law, | Shani van Niekerk,

When mom and dad decide to get a divorce, the effects on children are frequently often overlooked. W...

How does surrogacy work in South Africa?

Sep 12 2018 | Commercial Litigation, | Family Law, | Shani van Niekerk, | South Africa,

Robbie Williams and Ayda Field have welcomed a third child together via a surrogate after a "long an...

WITH THIS AGREEMENT I THEE WED. AND PROTECT

Jul 30 2018 | Commercial Litigation, | Family Law, | Shani van Niekerk,

Planning your ‘happily-ever-after’ is no easy feat. Between finding a venue, coming up with a wo...