Division of Matrimonial Property

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The Rights of Spouses Act which was implemented in April 2006 provides for matrimonial property to be divided equally between spouses. This provision also includes common-law spouses who have lived together for a continuous period of 5 years as man and wife.

The focus is on property acquired during the course of the relationship. The spouses can arrive at a settlement between themselves and their lawyers however, where there is conflict an application can be made in the Supreme Court for an order that the property be divided equally especially where it is only in the name of one partner.

Note that children do not enter the equation here. They are provided for in the Divorce application or an application can be made for their maintenance.

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