Six (6) Things To Know About Statutory Marriage In Nigeria

Six (6) Things To Know About Statutory Marriage In Nigeria

Six (6) Things To Know About Statutory Marriage In Nigeria

By Racheal Zakariya Allahmagani

  1. Your Statutory Marriage can take place in a Garden, Hall, a Church or anywhere of your choice. All you have to do is approach the Marriage Registrar and inform the Registrar of your intention and proposed venue. However, you will have to pay extra charges for that.
  2. The Marriage must be officiated by the Marriage Registrar or a licensed Minister of a religious body. Note that not all Churches have the license to conduct Statutory Marriages. Section 21 of the Marriage Act.
  3. Form E (Marriage Certificate) must be presented to you and your spouse.
  4. Wherever your Statutory Marriage was contracted is called the Marriage Registry not Court.
  5. You cannot conduct a Statutory Marriage and get married to another person after that, this is referred to as Bigamy, Bigamy is an offence punishable with 5 years imprisonment under the Marriage Act. R v Princewell. 
  6. You can file for Dissolution of Marriage in Nigeria in the High Court of any State and the Marriage must not be less than 2 years. This is to protect the Institution of Marriage.

CAVEAT: Please note that this information is provided for general enlightenment purposes and is not intended to be any form of legal advice.  

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