Ask Sis Dolly: Do I have rights?

By Drum Digital
05 September 2016

Every time we fight he tells me to pack my bags and leave

I’m 28 and my partner is 35. We’ve been living together for eight years. Every time we fight he tells me to pack my bags and leave. I’d like to know what rights I have after staying with him for eight years. We have a seven-year-old son and I’m four months pregnant.

Sis Dolly answers

It is not clear to me whether you’ve also contributed towards the household, because that will determine whether you have any rights or not to the estate


Unfortunately, just living together does not entitle you to any claim if you decide to part ways, unless there is a binding legal document. But, if during the time you were together, he had indicated or promised that he would marry you, then you can go to a civil claims court and sue him for breach of promise.

In respect of the children, he has no choice but to assist with their upbringing; if he refuses, you can go to your nearest

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