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Uganda - Obtain Divorce Decree

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In person[edit]

  • Draw a petition that clearly states the grounds for divorce
  • You will then be required to serve the petition and the notice to appear in court to the respondent , either personally or through a post office
  • The respondent may also file another petition to dissolve the marriage, and after the papers have been exchange, the registrar of court sets the date for hearing
  • If the court is satisfied with the petition , marriage dissolution is granted
  • The dissolution takes full effect after six months after which parties are allowed to remarry

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Required Documents[edit]

  • Marriage certificate
  • A file petition

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

High Court Uganda
P0 Box 2563
Kampala Uganda
Tel: +256 414 345 786
Email :

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In order for a party to be eligible for a divorce, the marriage must be recognized by the law and must have lasted at least three (3) years unless the circumstances are very exceptional


The fees are normally set by court depending on case by case.


The divorce is Valid for ever unless you again reconcile and remarry.

Documents to Use[edit]

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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

This varies depending on the issues surrounding the divorce proceedings but it might take 3-4 years.

Related Videos[edit]

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
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  • Read Divorce Act of Uganda Capt 249 to have a grasp of what is required before you can embark of the process to obtain a divorce decree.

Here below are some grounds for divorce.

  • Adultery
  • Desertion
  • Cruelty
  • Incurable insanity (proof of failed treatment for at least five years)
    • Wife or husband found guilty of rape ,sodomy, bestiality
    • Seek further advice from an advocate on what is required to successfully launch a divorce petition (optional)
    • You should have sufficient reasons to convince the court for a need to divorce, particularly if three years have not elapsed.
    • You then present your case through a divorce petition which is supported by an affidavit

Required Information[edit]

  • Full name
  • Address
  • Occupation
  • Citizenship
  • Proof of marriage
  • File petition stating the ground for the divorce

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Need for the Document[edit]

The Ugandan laws provide married couples with an option to opt out of marriage under certain circumstances which are clearly defined by the law. The legal process culminates in the acquisition of a divorce decree which allows parties to remarry

Information which might help[edit]

Draw a petition that clearly states the grounds for divorce

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

Legal basis for remarrying.

External Links[edit]

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More information which might help people.