Benita Ardenbaum Attorneys is a highly specialised divorce and family law firm in South Africa, whose main aim is to protect your rights and the rights of your children during life’s unexpected challenges, whilst providing innovative and creative solutions to these often complex divorce and family law matters.


Benita Ardenbaum Attorneys is a highly specialised divorce and family law firm whose main aim is to protect your rights and the rights of your children during life’s unexpected challenges. whilst providing innovative and creative solutions to these often complex divorce and family law matters.

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“Let our experience be your guide and our practice your solution.”

With over 27 years of experience in family law, Benita has built the firm on a clear vision of a legal service in which you receive the individual and personal attention that you require.

We will provide you with the necessary advice and options for resolving matters in a manner appropriate for your needs with our in-depth understanding of human behaviour and the legal system. Our skills include negotiation, mediation, and when necessary, time-tested litigation skills.

Benita recieved KZN Top Business Women 2022, Women of Influence, and winner of the Woman Extrairdinaire’ sector. Benita is a distinguished member of the prestigious International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL). The IAFL is a worldwide association of practising lawyers who are recognised by their peers as the most experienced and skilled family law specialists in their respective countries.

Experts in financial high net-worth cases

Secure your financial future with the advice and support of our expert team of lawyers who are skilled in dealing with financial settlement of divorces and the complexities of  “high net worth cases.”

Learn About
Our Attorneys

Benita Ardenbaum

Director and Founder

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Benita Ardenbaum is the director and founder of Benita Ardenbaum Attorneys. Benita is passionate about family law and has worked in this field for 27 years. Benita provides an integrative and client centered approach to family law. Benita's expertise includes being able to take complex disputes, simplify them and provide a strategy to resolve them. She is a qualified mediator and has extensive experience in litigation.

Benita has an established international practise. Benita is a member of the international Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL). Benita has extensive experience in South African and International Divorces including complex financial divorces and divorces where there are disputes relating to children.

Kate Bailey - hill

Attorney and Solicitor

Kate Bailey - Hill

Kate is an highly professional and experienced Attorney and Solicitor of England and Wales. She is a strong advocate for mediation and is a member of the South African Association of Mediators (SAAM).

Kate’s passion for family and children is a pinnacle strength which drives her to deliver appropriate legal solutions for her client’s. Kate’s expertise ranges from matters of divorce, maintenance, parental rights and responsibilities, domestic violence and care and contact. Having two children of her own, Kate’s caring and compassionate nature ensures that her focus is always on the best interests of the child.

Jessica Botha

Attorney and Conveyancer

Jessica Botha

Jessica Gooding graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of KwaZulu – Natal in June 2014, and was admitted as an Attorney of the High Court on 23 September 2016.

Jessica has a passion for family law and deals with all matters pertaining to: divorce, care and contact, parental rights and responsibilities, children’s rights and maintenance enquiries.

She is compassionate, driven and a persistent litigator who is sensitive to her client’s needs while dedicated to fervently advocating for their interests and providing practical legal solutions.

Thandokazi Bangani


Thandokazi Bangani

Thandokazi is a driven and dedicated young woman from East London who obtained aBachelor of Law Degree. Having completed her articles at a law firm in Pietermaritzburg, where she was in the general litigation department, she discovered her passion and love for family law and joined our team in 2023 as an Attorney.

Her biggest motivation and source of happiness is knowing that she has an opportunity to assist clients in bettering their lives while being surrounded by a team of ambitious women. Thandokazi prides herself in her ability to rise up to every occasion and task, whilst also looking after the best interest of the client.

Lesley - Anne King

Litigation & Conveyancing Paralegal

Lesley - Anne King

Having 21 years corporate experience, 14 years of which Lesley has worked as a Conveyancing Paralegal, she is one of those people who loves getting to know as much as she can about anything legal. She has now ventured into Litigation as well and this interest combined with her exceptional people skills, ensures that she adds valued support to the firm.

Based on her ethics and views of life, together with her zest and determination, she is always wiling to take on new challenges. In her spare time, Lesley enjoys spending time with her family, reading and binging on her favourite series.

Tess Williams


Tess williams

Tess is a compassionate, bold and determined young lady who obtained her LLB from the University of the Free State through Varsity College Westville in 2017. She completed her articles at a boutique law firm in Kloof and was admitted as an attorney of the High Court in February 2020.

Tess soon realised after her admission that she had a passion for family and matrimonial law and was eager to specialise in that practice area.Tess is driven by obtaining desired results for clients, particularly when it pertains to minor children, whilst alleviating their concerns by providing them with clarity and understanding. Her area of practice is divorce, maintenance, children’s rights, care and contact disputes, and parental responsibilities and rights.

Vishali Mariemuthu

Senior Paralegal

Vishali Mariemuthu

I have been involved in the legal and marketing sectors for over 20 years. During my working tenure, I have evolved both professionally and personally, largely due to the excellent teams and mentors I have been fortunate to have worked with. I began my career working for Senior Counsel which molded my foundation in both the legal and the business platforms.

I believe experience is successfully defined by building lasting relationships in an environment that encourages growth and shared knowledge and I am therefore very excited to be part of the BA team whose ethos in their commitment to delivering professional excellence with a sincere approach resonates well with me.

Micayla de Marigny

Candidate Attorney

Micayla de Marigny

Micayla is an enthusiastic graduate who completed her LLB degree in 2022 at The University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Micayla is doing her articles at Benita Ardenbaum Attorneys and will be admitted as an attorney in 2025.

Micayla is passionate about family law and is grateful for the opportunity to be mentored by a team of empowered female attorneys.

Kershnee Ramlowtan

Senior Legal Bookkeeper

Kershnee Ramlowtan

Kershnee Ramlowtan graduated with her Bachelor of Commerce and Law from UKZN in 2006.

She has 15 years of experience as a Senior Legal Bookkeeper.

Benita Is A Member Of The Prestigious International Academy Of Family Lawyers (IAFL).

The Firm Has Expertise
In The Following Areas
Of International Law :

  • Family law disputes in international jurisdictions
  • Divorce, nullity and dissolution of same sex partnerships
  • Separation
  • Finances
  • Marital and child support
  • Marital and cohabitation agreements
  • Issues in relation to children including custody and residence, visitation, relocation, abduction, surrogacy, adoption and public law
  • Dispute resolution including, mediation and collaborative law 

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We Will Help You Every Step Of The Way

  • we work closely with our clients and approach each case with care, discretion, commitment and dedication. 
  • The core belief within our firm is that open communication with our clients is paramount.
  • We seek to address each individual’s unique financial, emotional and legal needs by guiding and supporting them throughout the process.

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We have lots of experience

Case Studies

International Divorce Law

A spouse living in South Africa is able to institute divorce proceedings through the courts in South Africa if the other spouse lives overseas. The


It frequently happens that parties include a clause in a Divorce Settlement Agreement that neither party shall have the right, after divorce, to approach the

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