Benita Ardenbaum – No Ordinary Family Lawyer
Benita is a senior attorney with over 27 years experience in Family Law, Divorce Law and Personal Law. She is a member of the Legal Practice Council and admitted to appear in the High Court of South Africa. Benita has presented many workshops on family law and regularly attends International Family Law conferences around the world. Benita started her career as a prosecutor for the Department of Justice in Kwa-Zulu Natal where she gained extensive and valuable experience as strategic litigator. Benita left the Department of Justice and started her own family law firm as she saw an opportunity to improve the way family law firms work with clients by providing an integrative and client centered approach as opposed to a one dimensional approach to family law.
In addition to her extensive experience in litigation Benita is also well known for her negotiation and mediation skills and has successfully resolved many acrimonious divorces and family law matters. Benita has an intricate understanding of human behaviour and is committed to assisting her clients to take charge of their lives and to empower them through an often traumatic process. Benita has a special interest in children and is a strong advocate for children’s rights. Benita has a large international practice and specialises in international divorce law, cross border child abduction, child relocation to other countries and reciprocal enforcement of maintenance for children and spouses.
A SPECIALIST Family Law Firm
Central to the firm’s values and culture is to understand what is important to you, the client, and to create a tailor-made strategy to help you achieve an outcome that is favourable to you.
We understand that the legal process can often be stressful, daunting, confusing and over-whelming. In order to alleviate the stress of divorce or a family dispute, 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 and we seek to address each individual’s unique financial, emotional and legal needs by guiding and supporting them throughout the process.
No two clients are the same and there are those who prefer to avoid the stress and expense of litigation in court. We strive to assist our clients to reach favourable outcomes to conflict situations by means of alternative dispute-resolution methods such as mediation, negotiation and principles based on Collaborative Law. Where cases cannot be resolved amicably the firm is equipped to litigate in court to protect a client’s legal rights by means of the adoption of strategic and effective planning, preparation and execution.
Meet the Team
DIRECTOR AND FOUNDER
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 as opposed to a one dimensional approach to family law.
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 expertise ranges from divorce, maintenance, domestic violence and children’s rights. Having two adult children of her own, Benita has a deep understanding of the best interests of a child growing all the way into adulthood.
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.
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.