CHAPTER 29:07
ABOLITION OF MARITAL POWER

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

   SECTION

PART I
Preliminary

   1.   Short title

   2.   Interpretation

   3.   Application of the Act

 

PART II
Abolition of Marital Power

   4.   Abolition of marital power

   5.   Effect of abolition of marital power

 

PART III
Provisions Regarding Marriages in Community of Property

   6.   Application of this Part

   7.   Equal powers of spouses married in community of property

   8.   Spouse's juristic act not subject to other spouse's consent

   9.   Acts requiring consent of spouse

   10.   Consequences of act performed without the required consent

   11.   Acts not requiring other spouse's consent

   12.   Want of consent and suspension of power of spouse

   13.   Litigation by or against spouses

 

PART IV
Provisions Regarding Marriages Out of Community of Property

   14.   Liability for household necessaries

   15.   Joint acquisition of property

 

PART V
Provisions Regarding Domicile of Married Women and Domicile and Guardianship of Minor Children

   16.   Domicile of married women

   17.   Domicile of minor children

   18.   Guardianship of minor children

 

PART VI
General Provisions

   19.   Transitional Provisions

   20.   Regulations

 

Act 34, 2004,
S.I. 30, 2005.

An Act to provide for the abolition of marital power, to amend the matrimonial property law of marriages, to provide for the domicile of married women, to provide for the domicile and guardianship of minor children and to provide for matters incidental thereto.

[Date of Commencement: 1st May, 2005]

PART I
Preliminary (ss 1-3)

 

1.   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Abolition of Marital Power Act.

 

2.   Interpretation

   In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires-

   "court" means a magistrate's court or the High Court; and

   "joint estate" means the estate of a husband and wife married in community of property.

 

3.   Application of the Act

   This Act shall not apply to customary and religious marriages.

PART II
Abolition of Marital Power (ss 4-5)

 

4.   Abolition of marital power

   (1) Subject to the provisions of this Act-

   (a)   the common law rule in terms of which a husband acquires the marital power over the person and property of his wife is hereby abolished; and

   (b)   the marital power which a husband had over the person and property of his wife immediately before the commencement of this Act is hereby abolished.

   (2) The abolition of the marital power under subsection (1)(b) shall not affect the legal consequences of any act done, omission or fact existing before such abolition.

 

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