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ADJUDICATION OF MATRIMONIAL CASES

ADJUDICATION OF MATRIMONIAL CASES

(Divorce, custody, maintenance, division of property).

 

Service Description

 

A case for divorce is tried at the High Court.  Divorce can be claimed together with a relief for ancillaries i.e. custody of minor children, maintenance, and division of the matrimonial estate.  The Court will hear the case irrespective of where the parties contracted their marriage.  The ground of divorce recognized in law is the irretrievable breakdown of marriage.

 

How Do I Obtain a Service?

 

Prepare four (4) copies of a summons claiming divorce and ancillaries.  File the summons with the High Court Civil Registry.  The case will be registered and two copies will be retained by the Court and two (2) copies will be returned to you one of which is to be served upon the defendant. In line with judicial case management, as soon as a case is registered, it is allocated to the judge who will manage it until it is completed.  When a decree nisi for divorce is granted you can apply for decree absolute after 6 weeks.

 

How do I apply for service?

 

Same as above.

 

Cost Involved in Obtaining Service

 

P120 stamp duty for the summons

P20 fee for decree absolute

The cost of serving the summons depends on the distance between the deputy Sheriff’s office and the location of the defendant.

 

Where can I get more information?

 

The Registrar’s Office                                

High Court, Lobatse

Private Bag 001

Lobatse

Tel:  5330396/7

Email:  jmanzunzu@gov.bw

 

OR

 

The Registrar’s Office

High Court, Francistown

Private Bag F13

Francistown

Tel: 2412125

Emal : Gketlogetswe@gov.bw

 

OR

 

Clerk of the Court’s office

Any Magistrate Court  (Country wide)

( Please go to Court contact link)                  

 

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