It’s Wedding Season! Here’s Why You Need an ANC (Whether You Marry Here or Overseas)

The Rand’s weakness notwithstanding, many couples still plan their dream weddings overseas.  Likewise, many couples living overseas come back to South Africa to marry.  If you are one of them, ask your lawyer before you get married for advice on which country’s laws will apply to your marriage. Why get advice? In South Africa, our default marital regime is marriage “in community of property”, and for many couples that is the worst option. You may well be better off opting rather for the “out of community” option (with or without “accrual”).  The point is to make an informed choice rather than drift blindly into the default regime. Don’t assume that you will be married out of community of property if your marriage takes place in a country where “out of…
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