Getting married in South Africa? Your wedding day is the beginning of a wonderful life together — the day you join hands to face the world as a couple. As you prepare meet each other at the end of the aisle, remember that there are important legal preparations to be made.
Getting married in South Africa – What to consider
You must ensure that you are legally able to marry.
Either of you must be over the age of 18, or if younger must have written consent from your parent or guardian. If one was previously married, divorce proceedings must have been finalised and the divorce officially recorded. If you are related with a lawyer that you may marry under South African law.
High levels of fraudulent and illegal marriages in South Africa mean that your ID number may have been used by criminals to provide married status for immigrants. It’s easy to check online at the Department of Home Affairs website. Simply enter your Identity Number at http://www.dha.gov.za/status to instantly check your marriage status.
Pre-nuptial or Ante-nuptial contract
Getting married in South Africa affects your financial and legal status in important ways, depending on how you choose to marry.
It’s crucially important that you are briefed on these changes by a qualified professional that can inform you of your options under South African law, answer your questions, and help you make important decisions that can dramatically affect the rest of your life.
Your attorney will prepare documents including a pre- or ante-nuptial agreement and wills that reflect your decisions and prepare you for your new married status.
Prepare marriage registration
Your marriage must be recorded by the Department of Home Affairs. Immediately after your marriage ceremony the couple, two witnesses and the appointed marriage officer must complete and sign a registration document that is sent to the Department of Home Affairs so your marriage can be recorded in the National Population Register.
Getting married in South Africa – Let us help you
Divorce Attorney and Family Lawyer Simon Dippenaar can help you with the correct legal preparation for getting married in South Africa.