"HOW TO BE LEGALLY MARRIED IN NIGERIA"

By 

ONYEKACHI UMAH, ESQ., LL.M, ACIArb(UK)

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 DELIVERED ON SATURDAY, 5TH AUGUST, 2017 (10:00AM)

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4th SABI LAW LECTURE SERIES. 

 

DAILY LAW TIPS
by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.
(Tip 87)
“THE RIGHT COURT FOR DIVORCE IN NIGERIA”

Divorce/dissolution of English Marriage can be sought in any State High Court in any state in Nigeria, so far as the spouse seeking such is domiciled in Nigeria. The state of origin or residence or employment of a spouse does not matter because Nigeria is a single jurisdiction in matrimonial cases.

See section 2 of Matrimonial Causes Act.

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by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.
(Tip 47)

Where a spouse already married in via a Customary/Native/Traditional Marriage goes on without a divorce to marry another person via an English/Statutory/Court Marriage such new Marriage is invalid, Null and Void. It is also an offence punishable with 5 years imprisonment.

See, sections 33(1) and 46 of Marriage Act.

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by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.
(Tip 39)

Happy valentines!

It is an offence for a couple already married in English/Statutory Marriage to later seek to re-marry themselves under Traditional/Native/Customary law. It is an offence punishable with 5 years imprisonment!
So couples that perform English wedding before payment of bride price and traditional weddings are earned!
Kindly see Section 47 of the Marriage Act.

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Courtship is not marriage neither is a loose partnership of opposite sex marriage. Living together and making of babies doesn’t connote marriage. Hear this, going to a church and being declared “man and woman” without an earlier strict observance of legal marriage requirements is no marriage in the eyes of law. A purported union with one who is validly married is not a marriage. No matter how valid a marriage is in the eyes of the couple, clergy, relatives, church and the society, it must equally be valid before the law for it to be legal. The Bible urges us to respect laws and constituted authorities; for a marriage to be legal it must be in accordance with the provisions of the Marriage Act of 1949 except for traditional marriages, irrespective of the religious inclinations of the couples.

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