Legal practitioners in Lagos State have expressed concern over the increasing rate of divorce in Nigeria. According to Mr Olalekan Ojo, of Ojo and Company Law Firm, intolerance, infidelity and battery were the major factors responsible for divorce in the country.
In his words, “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.
The legal practitioner also explained 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, Mr Ayo ogunlade, said that the reasons for marriage failure were insincerity, unfaithfulness, incompatibility and immaturity. For him, “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.