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  • Common law marriage in South Africa

    A client asked me how long couple must live together, before they are regarded as being in a common-law marriage.

    Common-Law marriage

    In South African law, there is no such thing as ...

  • What to include in a life partnership agreement

    The agreement provides for what happens if the relationship ends

    1. Your home
    a. Is it jointly or solely owned?  If it is co-owned, then nothing happens on termination of the relationship: each ...

  • Domestic Partnership

    Recent developments in the Law 



    EDITION 02/2004 JUNE 2004

    A seminar on Family Law was held on 4 May 2004 at Gallagher Estate, various speakers participated and Beth Goldblatt ...

  • Contract for love

    The author deals with cohabitation, marriage, divorce and the painful process of winding up an estate after death. Wherever your relationship is going, take this information with you and you’ll ...

  • Protection for unmarried couples who buy a home

    With interest rates still low and home prices soaring, more and more couples are committing to home ownership before committing to marriage. But there are some special considerations involved with ...

  • Rights of a ‘spouse’ in a same-sex relationship

    The Gory and Brooks case changed the law

    At a time when same-sex marriages were not allowed Mark Gory and his partner, Henry Brooks, met in 2003, bought a house in 2004 ...

  • Muslim and Hindu marriages

    Traditional Muslim and Hindu marriages are not recognised by civil law

    But if spouses go through a civil marriage ceremony or are married by a priest who is a marriage officer, ...
  • Unmarried ‘survivor’ not entitled to maintenance from the estate of her deceased partner

    In the case of Richard Gordon Volks NO v Ethel Robinson and Others, the Constitutional Court heard an application concerning a woman who wanted to be paid maintenance from her ...

  • “Divorce” of cohabitees: Can pension benefits be shared?

    There is no law that deems a member’s pension assets to be transferred into a partnership and be available as a partnership asset to be divided on the dissolution of ...

  • Domestic partnerships

    Synopsis: legislative changes are being discussed to correct the perceived imbalances which currently exist between recognising marriage as the only legally intimate partnership and domestic partnerships between people of the ...

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