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Lawyers decry high rate of divorce

28 October 2012, 07:34

Lagos - Some lawyers in Lagos on Saturday expressed concern over the increasing rate of divorce in Nigeria.

The lawyers expressed their views in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Olalekan Ojo, of Ojo and Company Law Firm, said that intolerance, infidelity and battery were the major factors responsible for divorce in the country.

"Many marriages are collapsing with the customary courts terminating a large number annually.

"The court should always make an effort to reunite the couple rather than dissolve the marriage," he said.

He said that most children from broken homes roamed the streets and indulged in unlawful activities.

He advised the government at all levels, parents and religious leaders to join hands and find ways of stemming the tide of divorce.

Another lawyer, Ayo ogunlade, said that the reasons for marriage failure were insincerity, unfaithfulness, incompatibility and immaturity.

"Couples should always engage in dialogue in resolving issues, be open to each other and avoid influence of family and friends in order to enjoy lasting union.

"Many couples pretend during courtship to be what they are not only for the deceit to be discovered after marriage," he said.

Ogunlade advised couples to show understanding, tolerance and patience with one another.

Olakunle Ajayi of Olakunle Ajayi and Company Law Firm, attributed the high rate of marriage failure to desertion, sex-starvation and dishonesty.

He advised people going into marriage to first of all take the pain to understand what the relationship entailed before going into it.

"No marriage is perfect; it is the couple that will make it work,

"Couples should show high level of faithfulness and understanding to keep their marriages going," he said.


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