Which court handles divorce cases in Nigeria?

What Court system handles divorce?

Family Division of the High Court.

Can magistrate Court handle divorce in Nigeria?

Whereas, the divorce procedure would have been easier had the courts of summary jurisdiction such as Magistrate courts are allowed to hear divorce cases. In closing, a statutory marriage divorce process is a serious court proceedings in Nigeria, which requires a parties to retain the services of a legal practitioner.

Does decree nisi mean you are divorced?

The decree nisi is a provisional decree of divorce pronounced when the court is satisfied that a person has met the legal and procedural requirements to obtain a divorce. Following the pronouncement of decree nisi, the marriage still exists and you are not yet ‘divorced’.

What are the two parties called in a divorce?

PARTIES TO DIVORCE ACTIONS – PLAINTIFF AND DEFENDANT

The parties to a divorce action are called a “plaintiff” and a “defendant”. The plaintiff is the spouse that commences the action for divorce and the defendant is the respondent spouse.

What makes a divorce invalid?

Invalidity

A divorce will be held invalid if it is found not valid according to the law of the worker’s domicile at the time of his/her death or at the time of filing an application for spouse’s benefits.

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How long does uncontested divorce take Nigeria?

A divorce at customary marriage may be as quick as 3 months in customary, especially where there are no contentions. But the divorce of statutory marriage in High Court may never be less than 6 months even without any contention. In fact, a highly contentious divorce case could take more than 2 years to be concluded.

Can a woman remarry without divorce?

No, it is illegal. Under Section 494 of the Indian Penal Code, if a person marries a second time, without a divorce, while their spouse is alive, the marriage is considered bigamy, which is a punishable offense.

Can divorce be stopped after Decree Nisi?

The answer to this question is an unconditional YES; divorce can be stopped provided that both parties agree. If you reconcile at any stage, even after the pronouncement of the decree nisi, you can ask the Court to rescind the decree and dismiss the petition.

Why would a judge refuse Decree Nisi?

Application does not meet criteria Your application does not meet the criteria for the grounds of divorce that you selected. Insufficient details in application The court has judged that your application does not demonstrate that the marriage has broken down irretrievably.