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 same or opposite sex. DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIPS By Johan Gresse, Councillor, LAW SOCIETY OF NORTHERN PROVINCES Synopsis: legislative changes are being discussed to correct the perceived… Continue Reading

More and more people choose to live together today rather than get married.

If you are two adults who share an emotional, physical and financial relationship similar to that of a married couple but choose not to marry, you should prepare a domestic (or life) partnership agreement to protect yourself should your partnership dissolve. Read more about living together here. 1.     Movable property: Provide for a fair division of household goods… Continue Reading

Cohabitation (or Domestic Partnership) Agreements

A widely used definition describes “domestic partners” as “two adults who share an emotional, physical and financial relationship similar to that of a married couple but who either choose not to marry or cannot legally marry. They share a mutual obligation of support for the basic necessities of life.” Domestic Partnership agreements Synopsis: In the… Continue Reading

Cohabitation

A relationship where two unmarried adults live together and conduct their relationship like a married couple. Many people cohabit, but unfortunately, cohabitation is currently not yet legally recognized, and does not have legal protection. Cohabitation, sometimes called common law marriage or a ‘vat-en-sit’ relationship is a relationship where two unmarried adults live together and conduct… Continue Reading

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