My partner and I are not married but we live together. What are our rights as cohabiting partners?


In South Africa, cohabitation is not a recognised legal relationship, but a couple can sign a cohabitation agreement, which has legal consequences. However, the agreement is governed by the law of contracts and, accordingly, if the terms of the contract are against public policy or contra bonos mores (against good morals), the party will not be bound by them.

Once a universal partnership has been entered into, the couple has to apply to court to dissolve the contract upon termination of the relationship.

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