Divorce is a painful experience that affects the entire immediate family of the spouses as well as that of the extended families. Divorce can be civil as well as very brutal it depends upon the situation. Irregardless of the reason why a particular spouse may require a divorce from the other, that reason must aligned itself with the grounds for divorce in accordance with the Matrimonial Causes Act, Section 16. The grounds are:
- Desertion from the other spouse for a period of no less that two years at the time of the Petition
- Living apart from spouse for a period of at least five years at the time of the Petition
- Spouse has engaged in sodomy or a homosexual act or had sexual relations (intercourse) with an animal since the celebration of the marriage or
- the wife may file for a divorce if her husband has been found guilty of Rape since the celebration of the marriage.
We have linked to the Bahamas Matrimonial Causes Act, so that you may read it carefully and educate yourself on all relevant points of this law. Here is the link http://laws.bahamas.gov.bs/cms/images/LEGISLATION/PRINCIPAL/1879/1879-0006/MatrimonialCausesAct_1.pdf .
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