Is my foreign marriage in need of a legal divorce?
Question Details: I now reside in AL. About 2 years ago, I went to west Africa and had a court marriage to my husband who was not a citizen of Ghana but a citizen of Nigeria. We were wed in a court in Accra. He says that since he was not a citizen of Ghana and neither was I that we do not require a legal divorce. Do I require a legal divorce being as how neither of us were citizens of the country and basically he paid the courts off to preform the marriage?
IF the marriage was legally conducted in Ghana--that is, Ghana will conduct and honor a marriage between non-citizens--then you have to divorce. ANY marriage which was valid where and when it was made must be ended by divorce if you want to be no longer married or to marry someone else. As for whether the marriage was valid in Ghana, you'll have to ask a Ghanese attorney or legal site--we only provide information about U.S. law.
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