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Title: An overview of post-divorce support for Muslim children in the context of South African Law, Islamic Law and the proposed 2010 Muslim Marriages Bill

Authors: Najma Moosa

Addresses: Department of Private Law, Faculty of Law, University of the Western Cape, Private Bag X17, Bellville, 7535, South Africa

Abstract: After 350 years of non-recognition, and following a protracted procedure, Muslim religious marriages and divorces are currently in the process of being directly and formally recognised in terms of South African Law. A 2010 'code' of Muslim Personal Law has been framed that can satisfy and synthesise both diverse Muslim (ideological) perspectives and the relevant constitutional commands (guarantees of religious freedom and equality to all South Africans). One of the key objectives of the proposed legislation is to regulate the consequences flowing from the termination of such marriages through divorce. My paper provides an analytical overview of the legal consequences flowing from a Muslim divorce in the context of South African Law, Islamic Law and the proposed 2010 Muslim Marriages Bill and focuses on the post-divorce support and position of minor and dependent Muslim children. As such, it is limited to the areas of guardianship, care, access and maintenance.

Keywords: post-divorce support; Muslim divorce; Muslim children; South African Law; Islamic Law; Muslim Marriages Bill; Islam; South Africa; guardianship; care; access; maintenance.

DOI: 10.1504/IJLSE.2013.057734

International Journal of Liability and Scientific Enquiry, 2013 Vol.6 No.1/2/3, pp.27 - 41

Received: 08 May 2021
Accepted: 12 May 2021

Published online: 25 Nov 2013 *

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