MATRIMONIAL CAUSES ACT - 1971 (ACT 367)

    Section - 9 - Restriction on Petitions Within Two Years of Marriage.

    (1) Subject to subsection (2), no petition for divorce shall be presented to the court within two years from the date of the marriage.

    (2) The court may, on application, allow the presentation of a petition for divorce within two years from the date of the marriage on the ground of substantial hardship suffered by the petitioner or depravity on the part of the respondent.

    (3) In determining the application under subsection (2) the court shall have regard to the interest of any child of the household and to the question whether there is a reasonable possibility of reconciliation between the parties.

    (4) If it appears to the court that leave under subsection (2) was obtained by the petitioner by any misrepresentation or concealment of the nature of the case, the court may dismiss the petition, without prejudice to any petition which may be brought after the expiration of the period of two years from the date of that marriage upon the same, or substantially the same, facts as those proved in support of the dismissed petition.

    (5) This section shall not be deemed to prohibit the presentation of a petition based upon matters which occurred within two years from the date of the marriage.