What is a civil marriage in South Africa?
Hereof, what does it mean to have a civil marriage?
A civil marriage is simply one where the marriage ceremony has a government or civil official performing the ceremony. It takes place without any religious affiliation and meets the legal requirements of the state or location of the wedding.
Subsequently, question is, is civil marriage the same as community of property? All civil marriages are automatically in community of property, unless the partners sign an ante-nuptial contract before the marriage. 'In community of property' means that everything the couple own, and their debts, from before their marriage are put together in a joint estate.
Correspondingly, what is the difference between a civil union and a marriage in South Africa?
Legally speaking, however, there is no difference between the two and the rights and obligations afforded to all couples in the Civil Unions Act are the same as those afforded to only heterosexual couples in terms of the Marriages Act.
What are types of marriages in South Africa?
Three types of marriages are recognised under South African law: civil marriages, customary marriages and civil unions. You can apply for a copy of the marriage certificate from the Department of Home Affairs if you have been married in South Africa and your marriage is registered.