The question of what an orphy is (a contract, marriage, agreement) worries almost all the representatives of the beautiful half of humanity, who happened to move to Egypt for permanent residence. It doesn’t matter if you decide to rent an apartment in Hurghada for a while in order to live a month or two and get used to it, or you run into a resort so that you know everything here and decide to buy a living space in the property in Hurghada. If you are not married to a representative of your nationality (or other than Egyptian), then sooner or later persistent macho will start making proposals. And you might be surprised how easy they are with the institution of marriage. It seems that for them getting married is just a spit. Wow, foreign girls think. The men of our country do not want to get married, and the Egyptians are happy to ride down the aisle at the first opportunity? Not everything is as simple as it seems. The flattering proposals of the resort macho «marry you right now, this very second» have nothing to do with an official marriage. What is usually discussed in small talk of unfamiliar people is the so-called Orfi marriage. Let’s see what it is.
What is Orphy?
Orphy is a kind of prenuptial agreement, according to which a man and a woman, in the presence of two witnesses and a notary lawyer, confirm their status as civil spouses. This paper is needed so that you «do not live in sin.» In fact, she gives you the right to live together in the same apartment and proudly call each other husband and wife. Well, it is worth noting that according to this agreement, if you have joint children, they will be considered the children of your Orphi husband. And it’s all. Orfi does not give any property and inheritance rights. It is not officially recognized anywhere, even in a hotel you will not be accommodated with such a contract. Formally, it is needed so that the Egyptians cannot be accused of raping a tourist. If one in her right mind and strong memory herself agreed and signed the corresponding paper, then what are the claims to her own husband? Well, such an orphy contract saves a woman from questions from the police, is she engaged in prostitution? No, here you are, with my own husband, everything is documented.
What are the orphy
By the way, sometimes the Egyptians don’t even go broke for a lawyer. The orphy form itself, which is quite sufficient to rent an apartment in Hurghada and live together, costs a couple of pounds. Sold in bookstores, hand-filled. Such an agreement is actually prostitution legalized by the signature, and is not taken seriously by anyone except naive tourists. The contract, signed by witnesses and certified by the notary’s seal, drawn up in triplicate, already has a little more force. Firstly, it can be used as a protocol of intent for the further registration of an official marriage. Secondly, it is also a «confirmation of paternity» if you decide to give birth and register a child. Well, again, the issue of your cohabitation will be treated with great reverence. That’s all. There are no other preferences in this agreement.
Dissolving it is quite simple: tear the paper into shreds, including the copy that the lawyer has. As such, the divorce proceedings are not provided in this case. Sometimes it also happens that some particularly zealous macho has more than 10 such orphy contracts. And nothing, they do not interfere with each other, they do not make the weather in the house. And, as mentioned above, they do not give any property or other serious rights. That is why the Egyptians “marry” with such unsurpassed ease of being.
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