Here at Gambian Cheaters we are experienced at dealing with family break downs and relationship problems and will try and help to reach an amicable but legally binding agreement through negotiation assessed by our lawyers where at all possible.
Our lawyers can also represent you in any court proceedings if required. Gambian Cheaters does the cleaning-up too.
A divorce is often a stressful and life altering event. It is a well known fact that one in three marriages now end in divorce in the UK but perhaps its as low as one in two for Gambian marriages and it is probably true that even more non-married relationships fall apart in Gambia.
Divorce itself is not a particularly complex legal procedure.
Each divorce lawyer has their own personality and style of approaching cases. You want to ensure that this matches your personality and how you want to approach your case.
Annulment & Voidable Marriages
Annulment is a way of ending a marriage, like divorce.
Unlike divorce, you can get a marriage annulled at any time after the wedding (in a divorce, you have to wait at least a year).
You may want an annulment if you have religious reasons for not wanting a divorce.
However, you need to show that the marriage was either not valid in the first place, or is defective for one of the reasons given below.
1. Your marriage is not legally valid – ‘void’ marriages
You can annul a marriage if it was not legally valid in the first place, eg:
* Muslim Marriages in a non-registered mosque
* you are closely related
* one of you was under 16
* one of you was already married or in a civil partnership
If a marriage was not legally valid, the law says that it never existed.
However, you may need legal paperwork to prove this – eg if you want to get married again.
2. Your marriage is defective – ‘voidable’ marriages
You can annul a marriage if:
* it wasn’t consummated – you haven’t had sex with the person you married since the wedding (doesn’t apply for same sex couples)
* you didn’t properly consent to the marriage – eg you were drunk or forced into it
* the other person had a sexually transmitted disease when you got married
* the woman was pregnant by another man when you got married
Marriages annulled for these reasons are known as ‘voidable’ marriages.
A Muslim marriage does not constitute a valid marriage for the purposes of English law unless the marriage takes place at a registered mosque. This information can be obtained from the mosque itself although very few mosques are in fact registered.
If the mosque is not registered then the parties will not be regarded as married and this can leave individuals in a difficult position as they will only be regarded as cohabitees.
Married couples enjoy various rights which cohabiting couples do not and therefore do not automatically qualify for the same protection under the law as married people.
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