Tips for the marriage season part 4

By Faeza
22 October 2015

Metropolitan’s Cebisa Mfenyana points out that registering your customary marriage and obtaining a marriage certificate protects you in the following ways, among others:

  • If you need to claim death benefits from your spouse’s workplace after death, the marriage certificate serves as proof that you were married.

  • If you are a woman, having a marriage certificate will make it easier to enforce your property rights if your husband takes a second, third or fourth wife.

  • Having a marriage certificate makes it easier to obtain maintenance for children and to help the court protect the interests of dependent children in the case of a divorce.

It is also important to know that the RCMA automatically sees all people in customary marriages as married in community of property - this means that everything, both assets and liabilities, are shared equally between husband and wife