Liberia - Apply for a Divorce
- 1 Procedure
- 2 Required Documents
- 3 Office Locations & Contacts
- 4 Eligibility
- 5 Fees
- 6 Validity
- 7 Documents to Use
- 8 Sample Documents
- 9 Processing Time
- 10 Related Videos
- 11 Instructions
- 12 Required Information
- 13 Need for the Document
- 14 Information which might help
- 15 Other uses of the Document/Certificate
- 16 External Links
- 17 Others
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;
- 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
Department of Administration
Ministry of Internal Affairs
Hon. Morris Dukuly
Hon. J. Tiah Nagbe
Hon. Amos Tweh
Deputy Minister for Urban Affairs
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
Documents to Use
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Processing takes 1 year.
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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;
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
Need for the Document
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
- 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
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;
More information which might help people.