Hi, my partner and I took out a joint bond and bought a place together for +-R400,000. We have been living together for about four years.
I am not sure about our relationship and I am considering moving out. I would like to know the following:
Common law marriages are not recognised in South African law. The amount of time a couple has been living together does not translate into a “default marriage”. As such, the laws that protect individuals in a marital relationship will not apply to couples who live
Lobola is contributing to a drop in the number of marriages per year in South Africa, causing the number of co-habiting couples to rise.
Civil marriage numbers are down 11% from their levels 10 years ago. According to statistics, there were 158,640 civil marriages in 2013