Marrying a foreigner in South Africa is relatively straight forward if you have a local marriage officer on your side. However, if you are a South African marrying a foreigner outside of the country, you will need to pay special attention to the advice in this article.
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Planning and concluding a marriage is one of the most exciting events in many people’s lives. This article briefly discusses the various essential and ancillary issues surrounding the conclusion of marriage, in order for it to be valid and effective.
Due to various political and socio-economic reasons in the past two decades, emigration to South Africa from countries in the region and the continent has surged immensely. This has naturally led to immigration laws, regulations and policies by the government of South Africa to be on a continuous path of development and modification to suit the altering patterns in immigration.
South Africa has for a while became a preferred destination for work, tourism, retirement, religious, business and other various activities. Consequently, marriages between foreign nationals and South Africans have become commonplace as social barriers become less and less matters of concern.
Most of us have seen the word Notary written on the billboards at some attorneys’ offices, but not all. This is because not all attorneys have the designation of Notary Public. It is an office endowed with an increased measure of trust.
The Women’s Legal Centre had in 2009, brought a petition to the Constitutional Court for direct access in terms of Section 167 of the Constitution, seeking relief from the Court to direct the state to recognize marriages concluded under Muslim law.
Even though governments do all they can to safeguard the authenticity of public documents, criminal syndicates have somehow managed to have new tricks up the sleeve. For this reason, authentication of public documents is crucial.
Many may wonder whether it’s necessary to have a witness signature on a legal document such as sale agreements and contracts. However, a witness signature serves as evidence to the fact that each party to the agreement did in fact sign the document in question.
Organisations are choosing to use electronic and digital solutions such as electronic signatures and communication in order to save time and money. However, many individuals are still sceptical about the validity of electronic signatures and whether or not they are legally binding.
There are many disputes that come from contracts that were based on verbal agreements between two or more parties. Although there is no paper trail that can prove a verbal contract, verbal agreements are as legally binding as written and signed contracts.
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