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Not married – when the inevitable happens

Losing a partner is hard enough. What happens if you and your life partner are not married, but have spent years building a life together? There is no such thing as common-law marriage. Find out how to protect yourselves and your joint assets here. Continue reading

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Child maintenance – marriage is irrelevant

Parents, whether married or not, have certain rights when it comes to their children, as we discussed recently. They also have responsibilities. All parents have a duty to maintain their children, and this obligation is unaffected by any access arrangements or the nature of the relationship with the other parent. Find out more about child support here. Continue reading

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Unmarried father – know your rights

What are my rights as an unmarried father? Traditionally, two people fell in love, got married, and then (usually but not always) had children. In that order. Pregnancy outside of wedlock carried stigma and young women were often sent away … Continue reading

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Co-parenting with a narcissist? There are ways to cope.

Co-parenting: This is the last in our three-part series on coping with, divorcing and raising children with someone with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD). For more information on NPD and the personality traits it manifests, see our article on Narcissistic Abuse. … Continue reading

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Postnuptial contract – No ANC?

Postnuptial contract explained It is becoming more and more common for couples planning marriage to draw up an antenuptial contract (ANC), in which they define the division of property in the event of divorce (see What is an antenuptial contract?). … Continue reading

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Accrual: to accrue or not to accrue?

Community of property under the accrual system: make sure your antenuptial contract reflects your intentions These days many couples contemplating marriage consider drawing up an antenuptial contract (ANC), often with the accrual. Historically, most marriages were ‘in community of property’, and … Continue reading

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When the inevitable happens…

What happens to the estate on the death of a spouse depends on the marital regime By Simon Dippenaar (as featured on FIN24.com) No one wants to think about dying, but it happens to us all eventually. Since death is the … Continue reading

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When it all gets too much – divorcing a narcissist

Beware of the pitfalls particular to divorce from a narcissist In our last post we talked about the characteristics of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) and we described some coping strategies that may help to make life with a narcissist bearable. … Continue reading

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