BProc Law, University of the Free State
Advanced Diploma Labour Law, University of Johannesburg

Bertus Preller studied at the universities of the Free State and Johannesburg. Bertus is also an experienced mediator and arbitrator. He is the author of Everyone's Guide To Divorce and Separation, published by Random House (2013) and he writes regularly on news24.com. He is also the founder of Divorcelaws, South Africa's premier website on Family Law. He is a member of the International Bar Association and serves on the Family Law Committee and the African Regional Forum of the Association.

He  is also a member of Reunite International, recognised as the leading UK charity specialising in international parental child abduction and the movement of children across international borders and IACP the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, an international community of legal, mental health and financial professionals working in concert to create client-centered processes for resolving conflict.

Bertus has earned a deserved reputation as a leader in the family law legal industry in South Africa and was named in 2015 by ACQ5 as Family Law Attorney of the year in South Africa.  He has been quoted on Family Law issues in various newspapers such as the Sunday Times and Business Times and Rapport and magazines such as Noseweek, Keur, Sarie, Living and Loving, Longevity, You and Huisgenoot, and also appeared on the SABC television show Expresso, KYKNET's Prontuit and 3 Talk. He also appeared on the Morning Live Show of SABC2, an on radio shows on RSG, KFM, SAFM, 702, Cape Talk and the 5FM Breakfast Show. His clients include artists, celebrities, sports people and high net worth individuals. He is also qualified to appear in the High Court, the same as an Advocate. 

His areas of expertise are:

  • Divorce Law and Family Law
  • Divorce Mediation
  • Parenting Plans, Custody (care and contact) of children)
  • Parental Responsibilities and Rights
  • Same Sex Marriages
  • Unmarried Fathers Rights
  • Family Violence Interdicts
  • International Child Abduction and Hague Convention Cases
  • International Divorce Law
  • Collaborative Family Law
  • Maintenance and Rule 43 Applications
  • Cohabitation Law and Universal Partnerships

Some notable cases and articles where Bertus appeared were:

  • AA v LA [2013] ZAWCHC 168
  • B v B [2018] ZAWCHC 171
  • J v L [2019] ZAFSHC 225
  • H M v L M [2020] ZAWCHC 24
  • SACCAWU and Others v Irvin & Johnson Limited Seafoods Division Fish Processing 2000 (3) SA 705; 2000 (8) BCLR 886