Dear Sis Dolly
I was married through customary law two years ago.
After six months I discovered he was legally married to another woman in 2012. We had a big fight and I packed my bags and left him.
I filed for a divorce and he keeps calling and telling me that if it’s his money I’m after, I won’t get any.
I sacrificed a lot to help make his company fully functional. I broke my back for it to succeed, thinking all the time that we were building our future.
I want to know if I can claim my fair share of the sweat and toil I put into his company to make it work.
Sis Dolly answers
How sad that the person you thought was your lifetime turned out not to be trustworthy.
He should have been honest with you and told you about his other wife from the beginning. According to Recognition of Customary Marriage Act, you are legally entitled to some of the assets that you have accrued during your marriage.
If the customary marriage was registered, you have a right to a share of his profits. You can note this in your settlement agreement when filing for divorce.
If you have doubts about what your rights are, you can contact the Legal Resources Centre in your area for advice and assistance.