Marriage laws reviewed

For the first time in post-independence Zimbabwe, the country's marriage laws are facing review, The Zimbabwean has learnt.

According to a statement recently released by the Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs, the review of the marriage laws is meant to come up with recommendations for the harmonization of the marriage laws.

The Justice ministry is to collaborate with the ministry of Women's Affairs, Gender and Community Development in the initiative.

The Justice ministry said that Zimbabwe currently recognizes three types of marriages: those solemnized under the Marriages Act, the Customary Marriages Act and the unregistered Customary Law unions.

The ministry noted that the parties that were married according to the Marriage Act enjoyed greater rights than those married under the customary marriages act and those in unregistered unions. It also said that the registration of a marriage remained an option and not a legal obligation.

It is also understood that as part of the review process, field research is being proposed in selected districts of Zimbabwe. This is meant to determine the type of marriages prevalent in Zimbabwe and identify the challenges which communities face in registering marriages.

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