Matrimonial Causes Act
- Commenced on 17 February 1986
- [This is the version of this document at 31 December 2016 and includes any amendments published up to 31 December 2017.]
- [Note: This version of the Act was revised and consolidated by the Law Development Commission of Zimbabwe]
1. Short titleThis Act may be cited as the Matrimonial Causes Act [Chapter 5:13].
3. Additional jurisdiction
4. Grounds for divorceA marriage may be dissolved by a decree of divorce by an appropriate court only on the grounds of—
5. Irretrievable break-down
6. Mental illness or continuous unconsciousness
7. Division of assets and maintenance orders
8. Duration of maintenance orders
9. Variation, etc., of ordersWithout prejudice to the Maintenance Act [Chapter 5:09], an appropriate court may, on good cause shown, vary, suspend or rescind an order made in terms of section seven, and subsections (2), (3) and (4) of that section shall apply, mutatis mutandis, in respect of any such variation, suspension or rescission.
10. Inquiry as to custody and maintenance of children
11. Claim for arrear maintenance for children
12. Recognition of certain decrees and orders
13. Grounds for decree of nullity
14. Legitimacy of children of voidable marriagesWhere a decree of nullity is granted in respect of a voidable marriage, any child who would have been the legitimate child of the parties to the marriage if it had been dissolved instead of being annulled, at the date of the decree, shall be deemed to be their legitimate child notwithstanding the annulment.
History of this document
17 February 1986