Divorce is expensive, a minimum of ¢10,000 needed to start proceedings – Legal Practitioner

Christian Lebrecht Malm-Hesse, a private legal practitioner, has proven that divorce is costly.


He claims that people are locked in unhappy marriages because they lack the financial means to go through the divorce process.


According to him, a minimum of Ten Thousand Cedi (GHC 10,000) is required to initiate divorce proceedings in Ghana. The Ghana Bar Association has issued a new scale of fees for lawyers that will take effect in April 2022, raising the cost of divorce processes even higher.


“The ten thousand is even an old price when the case is so simple.” The cost may vary depending on which lawyer or law company you choose. Aside from that, the Ghana Bar Association states that an incidental expense should be paid separately from the legal charge. It includes filing expenses as well as transportation costs for each time that lawyer appears in court on the subject,” lawyer Malm-Hesse explained.


He told Helen Appiah-Ampofo on 3FM Sunrise Morning that the number of divorce cases in Ghana is rapidly increasing, emphasizing that it is simple to marry but exceedingly tough to divorce.


“Aside from paying a lot of money to the lawyers for that, it is emotionally absorbing, traumatizing, and it is not easy for both the man and the woman, so as lawyers, we turn ourselves into pastors, counselors, and everything for either side to go through, but for some it is bitter from beginning to end.” It is lethal.” He was agitated.


The family lawyer stated that all divorce cases he has seen have a harsh taste to them and compared the divorce procedure to the uprooting of a tree. Before it can be pulled out, it must be pushed and tugged to all sides to weaken the grounds.


He said that while the lawyer crafts the petition, the petition itself is like a knife pulled into the heart of the other party because things that are not acceptable and things that the couple did in private that the world should not know would be said. This is why divorce cases are heard in chambers.


Mr. Malm-Hesse noted that the high court’s divorce and matrimonial court has become synonymous with a hospital or maternity ward where mothers, fathers, and children cry.


He urged young people who wish to marry to recognize that marriage will not change anyone’s character, therefore the focus should be on the person’s weaknesses rather than their strengths to determine whether they can cope with it for the rest of their lives.


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