The topic of divorce has been somewhat of a controversy in Nigeria. Many people will argue that getting a divorce is unecessary or untraditional and some others will preach on getting a divorce depending on the situation. It is no news that many married couples do end up divorced. However, there are still a lot of people who remain in marriages for reasons that are more detrimental than beneficial.

On this episode of The Safe Space, we reached out to a people who were happy share thier opinion on when it is okay to get a divorce. Here’s what they had to say.

“An Easy Way Out” – Rita, Jos

I don’t think there should be any reason for divorce. Before getting into the marriage, you must have prepared yourself for the possible problems. It is for better or worse right? And till death. People now feel like they have an easy way out – If your partner does something wrong, just file for a divorce. People should learn to fight for their marriages.

“Walk Away” – Kayce, Abuja

I think you should get a divorce when you feel like you can no longer be married to your partner. If the marriage no longer makes you happy or brings you pain, by all means, walk away. Society wants you to stay tied down and feel miserable. 

“In Christendom” – Ejiro, Lagos

There are only two acceptable conditions for divorce in Christendom; infidelity and physical abuse. I don’t think anyone should settle for divorce if one or both of the above conditions is not the sole reason.

“Marriage Contract” – Prosper, Abuja

In principle, one should get a divorce when the marriage contract is breached or when there is risk of physical harm or a felony. It’s as simple as that.

“Life Sentence” – Gozie, Delta

To be fair, marriage shouldn’t be a life sentence. I believe that a person should file for divorce when they don’t want to be married anymore. Sometimes, you just grow past certain things and people. I see no reason to remain somewhere when it’s time to move on.

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