Seven Things You Must Do Before Getting a Divorce in Nigeria. In this piece, Saheed Akinola esq, a legal practitioner, human rights crusader and writer, writes about seven things that must be done before getting a divorce in Nigeria.
Saheed gives legal advice on a variety of issues bordering on rights violation and he could be reached via:[email protected] +2348032493960.
Seven Things You Must Do Before Getting a Divorce
Divorce is obviously not a very pleasant subject to discuss, considering its effect on both parties and the children of the union and a person in a marriage would always be urged to exercise greater restraint.
1. There must be a plan where you are going to live. If you want the court to grant you custody of the children of the marriage, one of the facts you will have to establish in court is where you will live with them.
2. Divorce proceedings cost money from filing till when the dissolution is granted by the court. You will equally need some money to take care of the children after the children if you are given their custody
3. Part of what the court will consider to grant any of the parties custody of the children, is the kind of job you are doing and how much is your income.
This is to determine your capability and capacity in taking care of the children. If you don’t have a job you have to get one to be able to convince the court that you have the wherewithal to take care of their welfare.
4. You should start keeping a record of your expenses with receipt some months before filing the petition. This will be useful if you are claiming maintenance from the other party. You can use this fact to claim alimony especially if your spouse is the one who prevented you from working.
5. Make copies of all important documentation like marriage certificates, children’s birth certificates. Any properties you own together that you believe you have a substantial claim or interest in ADVERTISING
6. If your marriage falls under statutory marriage you should get a lawyer that will file your petition for divorce at the high court in Nigeria.
7. For you to claim maintenance or even division of property you will have to establish facts with evidence of your spouse’s income and assets. This will include salary slips, bank statements, property deeds etc. Make sure you get copies of all these things if they are available.