A step by stem Guide on Drafting Petition of Divorce in Tanzania.

A divorce petition, also known as a divorce complaint or divorce summons, is a legal document filed by one spouse to initiate the process of ending a marriage. It is the formal starting point for obtaining a divorce, and it outlines the petitioner’s (the person filing for divorce) request to the court for the dissolution of the marriage.

Below is template on how pettion for Divorce is drafted.

IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF ……………..AT ………………MATRIMONIAL CAUSE NO. ..………. OF …………………..

XXX…………………………… PETITIONER

VERSUS

YYY………………………….………RESPONDENT

PETITION FOR DIVORCE

The above named petitioner states as follows:

1. That the Petitioner, a ………………….. resides in ……………………… and her address of service for purposes of this petition.

2. That the respondent, ………………….. resides in …………………….. and his address of service for purposes of this petition

3. That the petitioner ……………….. was, on ……….. …….. ………. Lawfully married to the respondent ………………………….. in a ……….. marriage celebrated at ……………………………. Attached hereto is a copy of the marriage certificate marked “Annexure A1” and the petitioner craves for leave of this honourable court to refer to it as part of this petition.

4. That after the said marriage, the petitioner lived and cohabited with her husband at …………………………. up to …………….

5. That the petitioner and her husband have had …….. issues of their marriage, viz.i. ………………………., a girl/boy, aged……… years.ii. ………………………., a girl/boy, aged……… years

6.……………………………………………………………………………………..

7. That, the petitioner did undertake to refer the problems to the ………………………….. but to no avail. Attached here to are the different letters from the Reconciliation Board marked, “………” and the petitioner craves leave for this honourable court to refer to it as part of this petition.

8. During the life of the Marriage the following properties were jointly acquired namely:a)……………………………b)……………………………c)…………………………….

9. That, the petitioner and the respondent last resided at ………….., which is within the Jurisdiction of this honourable court.

10. There has been no proceedings in any Court in Tanzania or elsewhere with reference to this marriage.

That, no collusion exists between your petitioner and her husband for the purpose of obtaining a dissolution of their marriage or for any other purpose nor has your petitioner connived at nor condoned his conduct.

WHEREFORE the petitioner prays for:

(i) The Court decree of dissolution of the marriage.

(ii) Division of Matrimonial Assets.(iii) Custody of the issues of the marriage.

(iv) Maintenance of the Children.(v) Costs of the Petition.

(vi) Any other relief(s) this honourable court may deem fit and just to granted at ……………. this ………. day of ………………,

…………….…………………

PETITIONER

VERIFICATION

What is stated above from paragraphs 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9, and 10 is true to the best of my knowledge.

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PETITIONER

Presented for filing this ……….. day of ………………….,

…………..……………………..…

.REGISTRY OFFICER

DRAWN AND FILED BY:

SHERI ZETU ADVOCATES & CO

BOX 2525,

DAR ES SALAAAM.

COPY TO BE SERVED UPON:

THE RESPONDENT.

The ground foe Divorce in Tanzania is regulates with the law of Marriage Act, One of them are adultery,separation,Abandent, cruelty and others related.