PRESIDENCY OF THE REPUBLIC OF COTE D’IVOIRE
Law n° 2019-570 of 26 June 2019 relating to Marriage
THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ADOPTED,
THE PRESIDENCY OF THE REPUBLIC PROMULGATES THE LAW WITH THE FOLLOIWNG
CONTENT:
CHAPTER 1
General provisions
Article 1. - Marriage is the union of a man and a woman celebrated in front of a civil status registrar.
CHAPTER 2
Requirements to be able to contract marriage
Section 1 - Conditions to be met by the husband
Art. 2. - Man and woman below the age of eighteen cannot contract marriage.
Art. 3. - No one can contract a new marriage before the dissolution of a preceding marriage
established either by a final court decision, or by a death certificate.
In the event that the marriage is dissolved by divorce or annulled, a new union cannot be contracted
before the completion of formalities of mentioning on the margin of the marriage certificate and birth
certificates of the spouses, the judgment or of the decree pronouncing the divorce or the annulment
of the marriage.
Art. 4. - Each of the spouses-to-be must personally consent to the marriage. Consent is not valid if it
was obtained by the use of violence, or if it was only given as a result of an error on the physical or
civil identity of the person. Consent is also not valid, if the one who gives it is unaware of the physical
inability to consummate the marriage or the impossibility of procreating on the part of the other
spouse, known by the latter before marriage.
Art. 5. – Only the man and the woman consent to their marriage.
Section 2 - Impediments to marriage
Art. 6. - A woman cannot remarry until the expiration of the period of three hundred days from the
dissolution of the previous marriage.
However, the president of the court in her place of domicile or her residence may, by order on
request, after conclusions written by the public prosecutor, shorten the period of solitude, once it is
evident from the circumstances of the matter that for three hundred days, the previous husband had
not cohabited with the wife, or once it is established by a medical doctor that the woman is not
pregnant. The decision of the presiding judge is subject to appeal.
This period ends in the event of childbirth.
Art. 7. – Is prohibited marriage between:
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