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Liberia - Apply for a Divorce

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1.To apply for a divorce, an applicant start by soliciting a lawyer to help in the divorce process;

2.Together with a lawyer, the applicant prepares divorce papers together with required documents and submits them to the registrar in the ministry of internal affairs. At this stage,

  • The applicant prepares application and submits to the Registrars office
  • The submitted applications are reviewed assed and screened by the registrar. This is done to assess eligibility of applicants;
  • After the screening process, the registrar decides on whether a certificate can be issued or not;

3.If approved, the applicant can now proceed with submitting a petition to the nearby court;

4.When petition is submitted, each copy is sworn to by applicant, signed and stamped by court and a date and time for court hearing is set.

5.Thereafter submit a court of petition to the other partner;

6.When court sits for the case hearing on the set date and time, the applicant through his / her representative (lawyer) is required to prove that the grounds provided in his / her submitted divorce papers are true.

  • For instance applicant may be required to present documents of proof and witnesses or any other proof can be presented to support case;

7.When an applicant proves truthiness of grounds and the judge is satisfied, a Divorce Decree is granted.

8.The decree will end of marriage and therefore a divorce shall be issued certificate is issued;

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Required Documents[edit]

  • Proof of marriage
  • Proof / evidence of existence of stated grounds for divorce for instance police reports, doctors reports or any other proof

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

1.The Registrar

Department of Administration

Ministry of Internal Affairs


Hon. Morris Dukuly


Hon. J. Tiah Nagbe



Hon. Amos Tweh

Deputy Minister for Urban Affairs


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Married couple who wish to end their marriage can apply for a divorce.


Fees vary basing on lawyer used and the court in which petition is filled


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Documents to Use[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

Processing takes 1 year.

Related Videos[edit]

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
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1.Applicants are advised to consider divorce as the last option;

2.Applicants must ensure that they have sound reasons for wishing for a divorce;

3.The reasons for applying for divorce must be strong enough;

4.Divorce is applied for by only the parties in married this is either husband or wife;

5.Be aware of the effects of divorce before applying;

6.Seek legal advice and counseling before opting for divorce;

7.Children must not be used as weapons in cases of divorce;

8.Several copies of petition should be submitted to court;

9.Endeavor to gather proof and witnesses where necessary;

10.Applicants with imprisonment reasons must prove that partner was proven guilty and sentenced for not less than five years;

Required Information[edit]

1.Particulars of applicant

2.Particulars of partner

3.Period of marriage

4.Grounds for divorce

5.Details of children and information on who and where they shall be staying after divorce (if any)

6.Property owned by the couple

7.Details of how property shall be shared

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Need for the Document[edit]

Divorce is legal ending of a legal marriage. When divorce occurs a divorce certificate is issued. In Liberia, divorce certificates are issued by the registrar under the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Information which might help[edit]

  • It is important to note that Divorce Certificates and approve of same in Liberia is done by the Legal Affairs Section.
  • The section should through the deputy minister for administration submit quarterly report about divorce occurrences to the Minister of Internal affairs.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

1.Divorce allows a person to remarry;

2.Divorce saves people from unhappy marriages;

3.It is proof that two people are no longer married;

External Links[edit]

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