Further to the usual partying of the festive season, it is also a time where many couples schedule weddings to celebrate tying the knot. The huge pressure and strain that comes with organising and putting together a wedding more often leaves some little but important details unattended to. Unfortunately for some, the importance of these minor details only becomes manifest when the spouses are already in their new home.
Amongst a number of legal consequences that flow from the conclusion of a marriage, will be with regards to the matrimonial property system that applies between the spouses. Matrimonial property systems in South Africa are governed by the Matrimonial Property Act 88 of 1984 which provides for the below matrimonial property systems namely;
While the system mentioned in (1) above is the default matrimonial property system, couples would require to conclude an Antenuptial Contract (ANC) to dispense with the default system. An Antenuptial Contract is basically a contract entered into by spouses to provide for marriage out of community of property together with terms and conditions with regards to their estates as to what must be done upon death or divorce. From the aforementioned it follows that couples that marry in community of property will not need to conclude an ANC since an indivisible joint estate subsists between them.
There are various ADVANTAGES in concluding an Antenuptial Contract to dispense with the default matrimonial property system (in community of property).
The above are but some of the possibilities when spouses conclude an Antenuptial Contract to dispense with the default marriage in community of property. Being a contract, there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to Antenuptial Contracts, one needs special attorneys known as Notaries to execute an Antenuptial Contract on your behalf. Our Family Law department has Notaries and Attorneys that are well knowledgeable and experienced in executing Antenuptial Contracts.
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