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cohabitation

Cohabitation or life partnerships and universal partnerships

In South Africa it is common for many couples today to live together without entering into a legally recognised form of marriage. Various terms are used to refer to these types of relationships: life partnerships, common law marriage, cohabitation, domestic partnership, living together, de facto marriage. This applies to both same-sex and heterosexual relationships.

It is important to understand how the South African courts recognise these relationships and the legal consequences of such relationships.

Contact us to guide and assist you in knowing your rights in law and how the law applies to your specific circumstances.