There are indications that reconciliation moves are on course between the President of Christ Embassy, Rev. Chris Oyakhilome and his wife Rev. Anita who have been in the news in the past week over the divorce proceedings the latter filed.
The decree nissi, with suit number FD14D01650, was filed on 9th April 2014 at Divorce Section A, Central Family Court, First Avenue House, High Holborn in London by Anita’s lawyers, Attwaters Jameson Hill Solicitors. Gistmania reports that, to have a divorce in the UK, both parties must have a marriage that is legally recognised in the UK, and have a permanent home in England or Wales. Getting a decree nissi, there are 5 grounds: adultery; unreasonable behaviour; desertion; 2 years’ separation; and 5 years’ separation. In the case of Rev. Chris, adultery wasn’t cited but the decree nissi was reportedly served to him during a recent visit to the UK. According to the Family Law in UK, decree nissi is a document that says that the court doesn’t see any reason why you can’t divorce. This is usually applied for if one’s husband or wife doesn’t defend a divorce petition. After 6 weeks, the applicant can apply for a ‘decree absolute’ to end the marriage. The decree absolute is the legal document that ends a marriage, and the applicant needs to wait at least 6 weeks after the date of the decree nisi before applying for a decree absolute. This delay gives a chance to discuss finances and other issues (between the couple) before the marriage comes to an end