Question: What are the types of marriage in Sierra Leone?

Traditionally in Sierra Leone, the legal age for marriage varies depending on the type of marriage – customary, civil, Christian or Muslim. In most parts of the country, customary law allows a girl as young as fourteen years old to get married, with her parents consent.

How many types of marriages are there?

The normative texts, dharma texts and some Gṛhyasūtras classify marriage into eight different forms which are Brahma, Daiva, Arsha, Prajapatya, Asura, Gandharva, Rakshasa, Paishacha. This order of forms of marriage is hierarchical.

How do I get a divorce in Sierra Leone?

The grounds for divorce are adultery, desertion for a period of up to three years prior to the divorce petition, and cruelty. The desertion requirement of three years may be dispensed with only if the petitioner can show extreme hardship and depravity.

What is the most common type of marriage?

Monogamy Monogamy, the union between two individuals, is the most common form of marriage.

What are the three divisions of the High Court?

High Court judges are assigned to one of the three divisions of the High Court – the Queens Bench Division, the Family Division and the Chancery Division.

What is common law in Sierra Leone?

The Common law of Sierra Leone comprise the rules of law generally known as the common law, the rules of law generally known as the doctrines of equity, and the rules of customary law including those determined by the Superior Court of Judicature.

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