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I'm married to my wife and want to marry another one wat

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I'm married to my wife and want to marry another one wat should I do for them to be legally married to me both of them
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: South Africa Law
Expert:  WCLawyer replied 2 years ago.

Good Evening

Are you married in terms of the Civil Union Act, Marriage Act or the Recognition of Customary Marriages Act?

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Civil in community of property
Expert:  WCLawyer replied 2 years ago.

I am afraid that there is then no way that you can be married to two persons legally. Our law only allows for polygamous marriages where the spouses is married in terms of African customary law.

Should you marry the second wife, the marriage will be illegal and null and void.

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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Ok so can I change to African customary marriage or if you sign civil it's done you can't change
Expert:  WCLawyer replied 2 years ago.

Are you African? And by that I mean do you belong to any of the 'indigenous' African tribes?

Expert:  WCLawyer replied 2 years ago.

If you aren't, the Recognition of Customary Marriages Act does not allow you to get married under African customary law.

If you are, then you would have to divorce your first wife, re-marry her under customary law, have that customary marriage registered and then ask her permission to marry the second wife. Then get married to the second wife under customary law and have that marriage registered in terms of the above mentioned act as well.