Good dayI got dirvoced 2018 September, w...

Asked by Mduduzi on 20-09-2021 16:02:01
Question posted in the Divorce Law category relating to Mpumalanga

Good day

I got dirvoced 2018 September, we reconciled almost immediately, but the decree was issued, we carried on living as a normal married couple and bought a house together.

I wish to get out of the marriage permanently, does the decree still stand or I would need to file again?

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Posted by Att. Patrick on 20-09-2021 16:14:00

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Posted by Att. Patrick on 20-09-2021 16:15:47

If you received a Court Order (sometimes called a decree of divorce) then you are divorced. 

The fact that you have lived together after that does NOT revive the marriage. Also, it does not create any sort of common law marriage. 

Therefore, factually, you are not married. You are divorced. 

To answer your question, the decree of divorce remains. You are divorced. You do not need to file for divorce again.

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what about the house we bought together? which was after we received the decree.

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Posted by Att. Patrick on 20-09-2021 16:29:45

The house was then bought by the two of you, as individual people, 50/50 partnership. So you both own 50% of the house. You are simply co-owners of the property, just like you might buy a house with your sibling, or a friend. You are just co-owners of the property. 

If you were still married, it would be a different story. But you're not married. 

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