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Het Jordaan (Fourie)

Marriage & relationship counselling
Divorce mediation/prevention
D.I.Y. Divorce guidance

Life crisis management skills
(life survival skills)

Life Makeover self-help
therapy courses/workshops
(Healing and restoration after
divorce, bad breakup, life trauma)

*  Personal consultations
*  Practical workshops
*  e-Therapy
(via email)
*  e-Courses -
easy, self-help,
step-by-step training (via email)

The powerful role of MEDIATION in SEPARATION and DIVORCE

MEDIATION means go-between
, but did you know ... couple's counselling (marriage & relationship therapy) is actually a form of mediation?

When two people live together in an intimate relationship or marriage, that level of intimacy permanently changes us.  It leaves an imprint on your heart and there is nothing you can do to prevent it.  That bond between two people can be so strong that it will be messy to sever.

When your relationship is laced with pain, confusion or emptiness, then it means that your communication broke down, or maybe never even existed in the first place.  Fact is, relationships in general, and marriages and families in particular, continue to disintegrate before our eyes and we need to do something to salvage it - to pull it out of the emotional swamp.  Giving up or running away is not always the best solution.

When you feel your relationship has failed, you have tried everything and now you feel tired, deflated and defeated, then it is time for MEDIATION.  Because, when two people love and live together, they gradually create certain communication and behavioural cycles, especially during an argument or a full-blown fight.

For example:
1.  I dont want to talk about it ... actually means:   I am tired of trying to discuss the same   problem with you while you refuse to listen to me = communication shut-down.
2.  You are nagging again ... actually means:  You keep on trying to tell me the same thing and I still refuse to listen = communication shut-down.
3.  Whats wrong?  Nothing! ... actually means:  I am so unhappy and frustrated, but I know you dont want to know about it because you dont care = communication shut-down.
4.  No, I have a headache or No, I am tired ... actually means:  I feel lonely, unloved and unhappy, and you dont care.  So, please, dont touch me = communication shut-down.
5.  Oh, that old story again ... actually means:  I still refuse to have a decent conversation with you about it, even though I know you need to talk about it = communication shut-down.

An experienced mediator or marriage counsellor can help two people to tear down the emotional walls, to open up the communication channels so that the debris of mistakes, wrong perceptions, insecurities, pain, scarring, confusion, anger or frustration can be dissolved. 

TRUTH IS:  While working separately with the two partners in a relationship or marriage, rigidity about thoughts, feelings, behaviours, judgmental attitudes and emotional shut-down patterns can be resolved and love, respect, trust and healing can be restored

Once the communication bridge is rebuilt, the two can re-connect on a higher level of a loving, caring and sharing partnership.

MYTH:  You need both parties to save a relationship or marriage.  No, you dont.  Often you only need one willing partner who is prepared to be open to change and personal growth.  ONLY ONE!  The other party does not necessarily need to know or to participate.

WHY? Because you cant change your partner, you cant change your relationship or marriage, you can only change YOU!  And by being willing to change YOU, you can change your world!

If your marriage or relationship is in trouble, STOP blaming your partner cos YOU hold the key to happiness and success.  So please contact me NOW for more information re a single e(mail)-counselling session that can possibly change your relationship and your life:

SEPARATION? - considering divorce?
STOP!  Breathe ... think carefully ... and beware!

A separation or divorce can leave a hole in your soul ... and possibly in your pocket.

Considering divorce may cause you to feel very lonely, confused, scared and even lost as the balance and peace in your life are seriously disturbed.

You may need an outlet for your pain, a place to vent - to tell somebody about the inner turmoil and conflict that are draining your energy, leaving you powerless and off balance.

Divorce often starts as a threat that can develop into a trial separation, after which it can easily and quickly blow up into an embittered war of hatred - sowing its seeds of division, disaster and destruction. 

And it hurts.  It hurts like hell!  In fact, it may hurt like hell for many years as in ever-after! 

Never underestimate the evil toxic waves of a badly planned divorce as this destructive impact on your life is one of the most common major life traumas of our modern time, and it can easily be one of the toughest emotional nightmares youll ever face.

Whatever your reasons for a divorce may be, it wont make the trauma and loss any easier.  The process is stressfully heart-wrenching and the aftershock can be overwhelming.  As the divorce tears up the marriage certificate of your happily-ever-after, it will most certainly tear you apart as well - shredding your self-esteem, your value and belief systems, and your overall ability to love and trust again.

Divorce, in my experience, is worse than death for the pain of betrayal and loss is so angrily intense, and it remains overwhelmingly intense for such a long time.  Once you were partners and lovers, now you are blood-thirsty enemies. 

The person you once loved and thought you knew, does no longer exist, but may be  replaced by a vindictive and spiteful stranger.  Suddenly you no longer know what to expect from your former lover ... or even from yourself.  Divorce will change you, guaranteed!

Omdat egskeiding so algemeen geword het, is dit maklik om te glo dat die pyn, chaos en verlies daaromtrent maklik hanteerbaar behoort te wees, want hoekom doen almal dit dan?  Maar dit is n trauma wat vir altyd deel word van jou self-identiteit en eiewaarde, terwyl dit jou hiper-sensitief kan maak juis omdat jy vertroue in jou eie oordeel verloor het.

Ek bedoel:  as beloftes wat voor God en getuies as n eed afgel is, meteens aan flarde geruk word deur leuens, bedrog, misbruik, ontrou, geweld, beswaddering, mishandeling, ens. ... hoe vertrou n mens ooit weer n liefdesbelofte van ... tot die dood ons skei?

Jou hele lewe word op alle vlakke deur n egskeiding uitmekaar geruk, terwyl jou menswees 'n egskeiding stigma en jou selfbeeld n knou kry

Eers was jy een en toe word jy deel van twee, en nou is jy weer een.  Die vraag is:  watter een is jy nou?  Die een wat jy was voor die huwelik, die een tydens die huwelik of die een nadat n egskeiding oor jou gebreek het?  Of n kombinasie van aldrie?

Asof hierdie verwarring nie erg genoeg is om mee saam te probeer leef nie, kom die suggestiewe fluisteringe van jou eie oordeel ook nog later by: .... reject ... oorskiet ... mislukking ... used goods ... nie goed genoeg nie ... miskien moes ek ... miskien kon ek ... dalk sou ek ... as ek net ... ek wens ek het ...

Before you proceed with a separation, a break-up or a divorce, make sure you know your own bigger picture and your own whole story, for there are always things you dont know, dont realise, never expected and never considered.  Get in touch with an experienced divorce mediator to make sure you are doing the right thing, because often there is no turning back.

If you then know your own whole truth and you still want to proceed with a separation, break-up or divorce, then do it in the easier, kinder and more civilised way.

Should you or your partner be out on revenge, planning pay-back or a bloody war, THINK AGAIN!  You will be nursing the scars of hatred, bitterness and loss for many years to come.

Much rather separate for a while, cool down and then decide to do the divorce in an amicable way - in a civilised win-win way!  If you need a divorce lawyer to do the process for you, be prepared to fork out more than you can probably afford.

BUT, should you BOTH decide to do the inevitable yourself in a civilised live-and-let-live way, then make sure you know the procedure and that you will be able to follow through.  IT IS EASY TO DO YOUR OWN UNCONTESTED DIVORCE IF YOU KNOW HOW!  You don't need a lawyer to do it for you.

Please see the available D.I.Y. Divorce guidance from the BandAid Strip on the left hand side of the margin on this page, to guide and support you through the process.

Whatever your choice, good luck! 

                                                      Emotional healing and recovery .... 

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Problems ...
in your relationship or marriage?

Considering ...
breakup, separation or divorce?
D stands for DIVORCE
and DIVORCE stands for:


When there are no complications
and no children involved, and the divorce is unopposed (uncontested), it can easily be finalised within four to six weeks and it should cost a few hundred rand, providing you know where to get
hold of your spouse
who lives
in South Africa.

When there are no complications
but minor children involved, and
the divorce is unopposed, it can easily be finalised within six to
eight weeks
and it should cost
a few hundred rand, providing
you know where to get
hold of your spouse
who lives
in South Africa.

However, where a divorce is opposed (contested), it can take two to three years to finalise and it can cost a small fortune up to a few hundred thousand rand as you will pay for the High Court and an Advocate to represent you as well.

Your spouse can oppose the divorce, but cannot stop the divorce.  It is the Court that grants a divorce and not your spouse.

If you can convince the Court that the marital relationship has irretrievably broken down, the Court can still grant a decree of divorce even if your spouse does not want to get divorced.


If both parties are in agreement on the terms of the divorce (the settlement agreement) as well
as the maintenance for and
custody of any minor children
and both parties agreed upon an uncontested divorce, then you can easily do your own divorce.

As jy dus jou gade kan oortuig om
NIE die egskeiding te te staan nie, maar eerder sy/haar samewerking te verleen, EN jy weet hoe om die vorms te voltooi en wat om daarmee te maak, dan sal jy heeltemal instaat wees om jouself 'n fortuin te bespaar en jou eie egskeiding te liasseer en finaliseer.

a complete package with easy step-by-step directions re:

*  Where to find the necessary forms
*  How to complete the forms
*  What to do with the forms
*  How to get a case number
*  How to serve the Summons
*  How to reach the family advocate when there are children involved
*  How to do the Deed of Settlement
*  and everything else you need to know.

You simply have to follow the detailed instructions.

The D.I.Y. Divorce package costs R200 when NO MINOR CHILDREN
are involved.

The D.I.Y. Divorce package costs R250 when MINOR CHILDREN
are involved.

Please send an email to:
to order and for bank details.

pryse is soos bo gemeld.

Alhoewel egskeiding
die wettiese oplossing van 'n huwelik is, kan die ervaring bitter emosioneel, pynlik en traumaties wees - selfs woede en paniek tot gevolg h.

Dit is dus absoluut tot jou voordeel om deeglik voorbereid te wees en seker te maak dat jy die nodige ondersteuning en berading tot jou beskikking het om jou dwarsdeur die proses te dra.

Dit is belangrik om te onthou om nie die besluit tot 'n egskeiding te neem terwyl jy oorweldig is deur emosies nie.  So 'n besluit word kalm en oopkop geneem sodra jy seker is jy wil beslis emosionele bande met jou gade verbreek.

Wettiglik is egskeiding net 'n gebeurtenis
, maar in werklikheid is dit 'n proses wat uitputtend is op elke denkbare vlak.  Moet dus nie onnodiglik moeilik wees wanneer dit kom by die onderhandelinge tussen jou en jou gade nie.  Verleen jou samewerking en kry die nagmerrie so gou en pynloos as moontlik agter die rug.