Department of Private Law

Prof M de Jong

College of Law
School of Law
Department: Private Law
Professor
Tel: 012 429 8445
E-mail: djongm1@unisa.ac.za

Qualifications

  • BLC (UP, 1985)
  • LLB (UP, 1987)
  • LLD (Unisa, 2003)

Fields of academic interests

Research interests

  • Post-divorce spousal maintenance
  • Children’s maintenance
  • Divorce and family mediation
  • Family dispute resolution
  • Matrimonial property law

Field of Specialisation

  • Family law
  • Divorce law
  • Family mediation and parenting coordination

Journal articles

  • De Jong M "Die tydsduur van ‘n onderhoudsbevel ingevolge artikel 7(2) van die Wet op Egskeiding 70 van 1979" 1992 (55) THRHR 151-155
  • Kruger JM, Blackbeard M & De Jong M "Die vader van die buite-egtelike kind se toegangsreg" 1993 (56) THRHR 696-704
  • De Jong M "Die wenslikheid van die gebruikmaking van mosieverrigtinge by onbestrede egskeidings" 1996 (59) THRHR 505-509
  • De Jong M "New trends regarding the maintenance of spouses upon divorce" 1999 (62) THRHR 75-87
  • De Jong M "Judicial stamp of approval for divorce and family mediation in South Africa" 2005 (68) THRHR 95-102
  • De Jong M "An acceptable, applicable and accessible family-law system for South Africa – some suggestions concerning a family court and divorce mediation" 2005:1 TSAR 33-47
  • De Jong M "Divorce mediation in Australia – valuable lessons for family law reform in South Africa" 2007 (40) CILSA 280-305
  • De Jong M "International trends in family mediation – are we still on track?" 2008 (71) THRHR 454- 472
  • De Jong M "Opportunities for mediation in the new Children’s Act 38 of 2005" 2008 (71) THRHR 630-641
  • De Jong M "Giving children a voice in family separation issues: a case for mediation" 2008:4 TSAR 785-793
  • De Jong M "The newly introduced public mediation service in the maintenance court environment: Does it make a difference in the short term?" 2009 (72) THRHR 274-295
  • De Jong M "Ten-year anniversary of the Maintenance Act 99 of 1998 – A time to reflect on improvements, shortcomings and the way forward" 2009 (126) SALJ 590-614
  • De Jong M & Kruger JM "The postponement and separation of children’s issues upon divorce – Quick relief or a glaring mistake? – K v K 2008 5 SA 431 (W)" 2010 (73) THRHR 153-157
  • De Jong M "A pragmatic look at mediation as an alternative to divorce litigation" 2010:3 TSAR 515-531
  • De Jong M "The cut-off date for determining accrual claims – A cruel decision and a better decision" 2011 (74) THRHR 472-481
  • De Jong M & Heaton J "A missed opportunity to achieve justice in respect of maintenance for divorced spouses whose former spouses die: Kruger v Goss" 2011 (128) SALJ 211-223
  • De Jong M "The need for new legislation and/or divorce mediation to counter some commonly experienced problems with the division of assets upon divorce" 2012 (23) Stell LR 225-240
  • De Jong M "Is parenting coordination arbitration?" 2013 (July 532) De Rebus 38-41
  • De Jong M "A better way to deal with the maintenance claims of adult dependent children upon their parents’ divorce" 2013 (76) THRHR 654-665
  • De Jong M & Sephai KKB "New measures to better secure maintenance payments for disempowered women and vulnerable children" 2014 (77) THRHR 195-216
  • De Jong M "Arbitration of family law issues – A useful adjunct to mediation and the court process" 2014 (17) 6 PER 2355-2410
  • De Jong M "Suggested safeguards and limitations for effective and permissible parenting coordination (facilitation or case management) in South Africa" 2015 (18) 2 PER 149-178
  • De Jong M & Pintens W "Default matrimonial property regimes and the Principles of European Family Law – A European-South African comparison: Part 1" 2015:2 TSAR 363-378
  • De Jong M & Pintens W "Default matrimonial property regimes and the Principles of European Family Law – A European-South African comparison: Part 2" 2015:3 TSAR 551-566
  • De Jong M "University of Stellenbosch Legal Aid Clinic v Minister of Justice and Correctional Services (South African Human Rights Commission as amicus curiae) – Implications for the issuing of emoluments attachment orders in maintenance matters?" 2016 (79) 2 THRHR 261-276

Book chapters

  • De Jong M "Child-focussed mediation" (chapter 5) in Boezaart (ed) Child Law in South Africa (Juta Cape Town 2009)
  • De Jong M & Heaton J "Post-divorce maintenance for a spouse or civil union partner" (chapter 5) in Heaton J (ed) The Law of Divorce and Dissolution of Life Partnerships in South Africa (Juta Cape Town 2014)
  • De Jong M "Mediation and other appropriate forms of dispute resolution upon divorce" (chapter 13) in Heaton J (ed) The Law of Divorce and Dissolution of Life Partnerships in South Africa (Juta Cape Town 2014)

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • SALRC Project leader of the advisory committee on Project 100B – Review of the Maintenance Act
  • SALRC Member of the advisory committee on Project 100D – Family dispute resolution: Care of and contact with children
  • Vereniging Hugo de Groot Prize for Best Short Contribution to Journal of Contemporary Roman-Dutch Law in 2008: De Jong M "Opportunities for mediation in the new Children’s Act 38 of 2005" 2008 (71) THRHR 630-641
  • Vereniging Hugo de Groot Prize for Best Short Contribution to Journal of Contemporary Roman-Dutch Law in 2013: De Jong M "A better way to deal with the maintenance claims of adult dependent children upon their parents’ divorce" 2013 (76) THRHR 654-665
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the South African Association of Mediators (2011-2015)

Projects

  • Empirical research on private family mediation
  • Guidelines for the practice of parenting coordination in SA