The introduction of changes to marriage laws in South Africa can be expected as The Department of Home Affairs is developing new policies.
Regardless of all the changes to marriage laws in South Africa that have been made since 1994, there are still some areas that need attention.
More specifically, the areas that need to be improved relate to the constitutional values of the country such as human dignity, equality and non-discrimination. It also lacks a broader understanding of modern social dynamics.
For example, the existing legislation as it stands does not regulate some religious marriages that are practiced in some African families such as the Muslim, Hindu or other customary marriages.
However, when taking the vast diversity of cultures and heritage in South Africa, it's almost impossible to make changes to marriage laws in South Africa that can govern every cultural or religious marriage practice.
It's for this reason that the DHA endeavors to develop foundational policy which allows for future, single legislation specific to each type of marriage practiced in South Africa.
The following are a few of the most important changes that may be introduced:
The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) presenting its annual performance plan to parliament and announced that the new policies will be gazetted for the public to view during the current financial year and hopes to have it approved by cabinet early next year.
Our attorneys are able to provide you with expert legal advice on matters related to marriages, matrimonial property and marriage law in South Africa. Contact us for more information.
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