For Nurses seeking spouse visa and proof

Pls permit me to share this public education

Legal positions on Marriage

1. Dear married couple, there is no such legal personality known as “Mr and Mrs Okoro”. You can only have “Mr Kenneth Okoro” or “Mrs Patricia Okoro”. You might just be creating a legal problem for yourselves when you use “Mr and Mrs Okoro” to buy those goods or properties.

2. A dear married couple (especially those who are married under the Act), all things being equal, it is advised that you change your next of kin to your spouse after the wedding from your sibling or anybody else you used before the wedding. Making your spouse your next of kin makes it easier for them to process any accrued benefit especially if either of you die intestate (without a will).

3. Dear intending couple, there are only two types of marriages recognised in Nigeria;
a. Marriage under the Act (Matrimonial Causes Act and Marriage Act),

b. Marriage not under the Act (Islamic marriage or Customary marriage)

The first is monogamous in nature while the latter is restricted polygamous and unrestricted polygamous in nature. For intending couples of the Christian faith, there is no such thing as “church wedding”. If your church is a “licensed place of worship”, what they conduct there is a “Marriage under the Act”. If your church is not a licensed place of worship and you only conducted customary marriage without going to the marriage registry, what they would have done in your church may just be a celebration and the blessing of your customary marriage.

If your church is a licensed place of worship, wedding in church and also going to the marriage registry are one and the same thing (Marriage Under the Act). Meaning a waste of resources and duplicity of purpose.

4. Dear Boyfriend and Girlfriend, promising your partner that you would marry him/her when you know you have no intention of doing so may give rise to a civil action of breach of promise to marry resulting in damages (compensation) and the restitution of all monies spent and gift-giving. It may also give rise to a criminal action of obtaining by false pretence.

As an addendum or footnote to 1 above –
If you are really interested in buying a property as a couple then your names should appear in the agreement as *Mr. Sunday* *Osien* and *Mrs. Naria Osien* instead of Mr and Mrs Sunday Osien.

For Spousal visa there has to be prove of marriage or a civil partnership legally recognised as above.

I hope this helps someone.
Public Education.


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