9th Parliamentbills

Marriages Bill finally gazetted

Clause 40 provides for relationships which, to make a clear distinction between
them and proper marriages, have been termed “civil partnerships”. Civil partnerships
are the equivalent of what would be referred to under the general law as “common law
marriages”. Civil partnerships are not recognised as marriages as defined under this Bill
but for the purpose of realising justice between the parties to the partnership in terms
of the Matrimonial Causes Act [Chapter 5:13] upon the dissolution of the relationship.

The parties to a civil partnership must be over 18 years of age, not within the
prohibited degrees of relationship and, having regard to all the circumstances of the
relationship, have lived together as a couple on a genuine domestic basis before their rights
and obligations on the dissolution of the relationship can be determined in accordance
with the Matrimonial Causes Act. Subclause (2) sets out the circumstances that may
be taken into account in determining whether or not a civil partnership existed. Under
subclause (3), no particular factor in relation to any circumstance may be regarded
as necessary in the determination and the court making a determination may attach
such weight to any factor as may be appropriate. Under subclause (4), because a civil
partnership is not a marriage, it may exist notwithstanding that one or both parties are
legally married to someone else or are in another civil partnership.




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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He used to the editor for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own news website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network on their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association and a board member of Digital Communication Network. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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