Getting married at the registry which is also known as court wedding isn’t rocket science, however, you have to get things right to save yourself any unnecessary hassles.
The court wedding is officially recognized by the Federal Government of Nigeria as proof of a marriage contract between a couples. According to the law, the court marriage is protected under the Marriage Act, Chapter 218 of Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 1990.
There are two Federal registries in the country. These are the Ikoyi registry which covers all residents in Lagos, South-South, South-East and South-West. Then, we have the Wuse 2 Registry which covers all those resident in the Northern region. Apart from these Federal registries, there are also registries at the State and Local Government levels.
Here are the steps to take when preparing for your court wedding in Nigeria.
Step #1:- Visit the registry of your choice to signify your marriage intention.
Step #2:- You will be asked to obtain a form from the registry which indicates your intention to marry. The form is called a Notice Form or a Form A. You’re expected to fill details like name, age, address, occupation, marital status etc.
Step #3:-Along with the form, submit 2 coloured passport photographs. Afterwards, the form will be posted on the Notice board at the registry for 21 days. Also the notice is entered into a book called the Marriage Notice Book which may be inspected during office hours without a fee.
Step #4:- Once the notice expires, you’re expected to pay a prescribed fee. The amount you pay is dependent on the registry you’re using. Once you have fulfilled the requirements as a couple, the registrar signs the form and you can proceed to step 5.
Source: 2019 – Nigeria Finder