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Category Archive: Cohabitation

Customary marriages

Married under customary law South Africa

Hayi bo! Are we married or not? Most couples know if they are married. They have held a wedding and invited friends and family, often at great expense. Or they have taken two witnesses and visited their local Department of Home Affairs for a simple ceremony. There should be no uncertainty about the answer to […]

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Heterosexual life partners can now inherit from each other

Western Cape High Court File picture: Africa News Agency (ANA) Reprinted from the Cape Times, by Chevon Booysen – 2020-10-01 Cape Town – Heterosexual life partners are now eligible to inherit from each other after the Western Cape High Court ruled that a section in the Intestate Succession Act (ISA) is unconstitutional and invalid. The […]

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Cohabitation – What is it?

Cohabitation vs. marriage – the legal differences For various reasons, marriage is not for everyone. Some prefer not to marry as a matter of principle; some can’t marry (for example if one party is waiting for a divorce to come through). Others want to live together prior to marriage, to road-test their compatibility. Whatever the […]

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