The family Advocate assist the parties to reach an agreement on disputed issues, namely custody, access and guardianship. Therefore if the parties are unable to reach an agreement.
They will evaluates the parties’ circumstances in light of the best interest of the child and makes recommendation to the Court with regard to custody and access. The Family Advocate is a legal officer employed by the Department of Justice and act as legal representative of the children.
The services of the Family Advocate rendered to the public free of charge.
Sheriff is an official appointed by the Minister for Justice to perform within the area of jurisdiction of the lower or superior court for which he has been appointed the functions assigned by or under any law to a sheriff of the court. Their functions are set out in various pieces of legislation, including the Supreme Court Act and the Magistrates Courts Act, along with the respective set of rules for each Act. Sheriffs, amongst other functions, serve documents like the Summons in a divorce action, garnishee order or a writ of execution on a Defendant/Respondent. Their fees are fixed in terms of legislation.
The fund falls under the administration of the Master of the High Court. It is a fund created to hold and administer fund which are paid to the Master on behalf of various persons known or unknown , for example, minors, persons incapable of managing their own affairs.
South African Family and Divorce Law Legislation