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Civil Status Division

Civil Marriage

A publication of the proposed civil marriage should be made 10 days prior to the proposed date of marriage at the civil status office of the locality within the district where the marriage is to take place.
Two  witnesses  are  required to  be present at time of the marriage ceremony.

Age of Marriage

The  age  at  which  a person  can  civilly  marry is 18 years.  A  minor  over 16  and  under 18  can  contract  civil marriage  with  the  consent of  his/her parents. If one of the parents is dead, the other parent may consent to the marriage on production to the Civil Status Officer, the relevant proof of the death of the other spouse.

Matrimonial Regimes

There are 3 types of matrimonial regimes:-
1. The system of legal community of goods and property
2. The system of legal separation of goods
3. A marriage settlement embodied in a notarial deed

Documents to be produced
- Birth certificates issued within the last 3 months.
- Previous Marriage certificate(s) if divorced.
- Death/Marriage certificate(s) if widow/widower.
- National Identity Cards of all parties.



Regime Notification
At  time of  celebration of a civil marriage,
the parties shall inform the Civil Status Officer of the matrimonial
regime they wish to be governed by, for insertion in the marriage entry.