The ultimate expression of true love is getting married. Many couples from overseas had chosen Jamaica as the island to say “I Do”, and to start their life of love and happiness together. It may have taken months or years of planning. Divorce, on the other hand, is another story.
When the marriage, unfortunately breaks down we usually get a lot of enquiries that start out with “I got married in Jamaica, how do I get divorced?”
Matrimonial Causes Act of Jamaica
The categories of persons who can apply for a divorce in Jamaica pursuant to the Matrimonial Causes Act are as follows :
Where either party to the marriage is a Jamaican national; or
• Where either party to the marriage is domiciled in Jamaica at the commencement of the proceedings; or
• Where either party to marriage resides in Jamaica and have done so for at least 12 months immediately preceding the commencement of the proceedings.
Accordingly, if persons got married in Jamaica but either party to the marriage does not meet any of the requirements outlined above, then the Court in Jamaica would not have to jurisdiction or power to grant the divorce or the decree for dissolution of the marriage.
A key concern during divorce will be decisions that are made about the children, including arrangements to see both their parents and extended family members, how their welfare needs will be met financially as well as key important decisions over education or healthcare as they grow up. Depending on the age of your children, significant weight may also be given to their wishes and feelings. The welfare of your children will always be the paramount concern especially during a divorce. We will represent your interests and advise you on how the Supreme Court of Jamaica will view the proposed arrangements.
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