Many MPs support changes to marital law

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Parliament has passed onto the committee stage a bill re-enacting the Married Persons Property Act, by among others, a new clause that will allow for change of property regime under which married persons property would be administered.

If the bill is passed into law, married couples will be allowed to change their marriage regime from one type to another (either in community or out of community of property) up to a maximum of two times.

Presenting the bill for second reading on Monday, the Minister of Labour and Home Affairs (MLHA) Edwin Batshu said the Married Person’s Property Act, which was enacted in 1970, has been overtaken by various developments in the country. Emerging challenges dictate for the re-enactment of the law to simplify it, introduce new amendments and strengthen the existing provisions to deal with the identified challenges.

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