A family lawyer addresses many subjects related to family matters. One such area is common law marriages, for instance. It is a popular belief in South Africa that after a certain period of time, a couple enters into an automatic marriage. This is a myth. There is no such thing as common law marriages in South Africa. However, in the event where a couple does not want to take that step or cannot legally take that step, other options are available. A cohabitation agreement, for instance, can be drawn to protect parties of a relationship should it end. This agreement is also called a domestic partnership contract. The following is a definition of domestic partners.
“Two adults who share an emotional, physical and financial relationship like 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 necessities of life.”
Some relationships last for years and lives are built around those relationships. however, when the relationship ends, neither of the parties are protected. A domestic partnership contract will ensure a fair separation.