Domestic Violence: Court Dissolves Marriage After 8 Years Of Separation

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A Couple, Ayodele Bamidele and his wife, Adline Bamidele have had their marriage dissolved formally by a customary court sitting at Oshodi-Isolo Local Government Area in Lagos State after the couple had initially separated for eight years.
Adline had sought legal divorce at the court of law on the claim that there was no love between them any longer which made to have been living apart for eight years before the judgement.
In her petition, Adline had accused the respondent of causing domestic violence, stating that her husband always beat her.
In October 2019, she had filed to dissolve the marriage contracted under the Igbo native law and traditional custom.
The presiding President of the customary court, Mrs Adebisi Oladitan dissolved the marriage after establishing the fact that the couple has totally lost interest in each other and that the lost love is irredeemable.
The court president said she dissolved the marriage based on domestic violence to which the couples attested and lack of love between them, adding that it was also to protect their two sons who might be the victims of domestic violence.
According to her, the greater importance is the well-being of the minor children of the marriage which is considered in line with the section 28(1) of Customary Court law of 2015 as amended in 2018 and the Lagos State Child Rights Act chapter C(50) verse 4(21) which states that the best interest of the child/children must be paramount consideration in all actions.
The court president ordered as follows: “I hereby dissolve the marriage between Ayodele Bamidele and Adline Bamidele and henceforth they cease to be husband and wife. The two children shall continue to live with the petitioner (Adeline) until they attain the statutory age to make independent choice or upon reversal of this order if required and when occasion demands while the respondent (Ayodele) shall have unhindered access to the children within the reasonable hours of the day and the children holiday shall be shared between the parties and the children shall not be taken out of Lagos State by either party without prior knowledge and consent to the other party and the Court.”
She asked the respondent to pay a monthly sum of N40,000 for the upkeep of the children based on his income as given while both parties are to agree on the choice of an affordable school within the capacity of the respondent who is responsible for the fees.
She also ordered both parties to maintain peace and order. Any violation of the judgement shall be taken in the context of the court or liable to imprisonment. Any aggrieved party can appeal against this judgement within 30 days statutory period from the day of this judgement.
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