A critique of the Nigerian law of divorce under the matrimonial causes decree 1970

The Matrimonial Causes Decree, 1970, promulgated by the Federal Military Government, is the first attempt since 1863 to produce a Nigerian law on matrimonial causes. The article discusses critically the main provisions of the Decree as regards divorce and other related matters and it finally considers how far the Decree has been successful in providing for irretrievable breakdown as the sole ground for the dissolution of marriage in the following parts: Introduction – 1. Jurisdiction – 2. Grounds for divorce – 3. Restriction on the institution of divorce proceedings – 4. Bars to a divorce petition – 5. Reconciliation – 6. Maintenance and other reliefs – 7. Comments on the Decree’s provision for irretrievable breakdown of marriage – Conclusion. Notes.

Title: A critique of the Nigerian law of divorce under the matrimonial causes decree 1970
Author: Ilegbune, C.U.
Year: 1970
Periodical: Journal of African Law
Volume: 14
Issue: 3
Pages: 178-197
Language: English
Geographic term: Nigeria
Subject: divorce
Abstract: The Matrimonial Causes Decree, 1970, promulgated by the Federal Military Government, is the first attempt since 1863 to produce a Nigerian law on matrimonial causes. The article discusses critically the main provisions of the Decree as regards divorce and other related matters and it finally considers how far the Decree has been successful in providing for irretrievable breakdown as the sole ground for the dissolution of marriage in the following parts: Introduction – 1. Jurisdiction – 2. Grounds for divorce – 3. Restriction on the institution of divorce proceedings – 4. Bars to a divorce petition – 5. Reconciliation – 6. Maintenance and other reliefs – 7. Comments on the Decree’s provision for irretrievable breakdown of marriage – Conclusion. Notes.