Cou­ples and con­tracts

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PERSONALFINANCE -

Love and money are of­ten an un­easy mix, but if you’re liv­ing with a part­ner in a per­ma­nent re­la­tion­ship, you can­not af­ford not to con­sider the fi­nan­cial im­pli­ca­tions of your shared life com­ing to an end. Mar­riage, civil union, cus­tom­ary and re­li­gious mar­riages, and co­hab­i­ta­tion all have con­se­quences when it comes to the sep­a­ra­tion of as­sets on di­vorce or death.

In the lat­est is­sue of Per­sonal Fi­nance mag­a­zine (vol­ume 57, fourth quar­ter), we delve into the op­tions and obli­ga­tions cou­ples have in re­la­tion to spouses and part­ners, ex­plor­ing the le­gal grey ar­eas, the con­se­quences of dy­ing in­tes­tate, main­te­nance of a sur­viv­ing or sep­a­rated part­ner and the di­vi­sion of pen­sion as­sets.

Don’t miss the lat­est is­sue of Per­sonal Fi­nance mag­a­zine, on sale now for R29.95 at book­shops and re­tail out­lets na­tion­wide.

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