JAMELA  A. ALI

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Welcome to a Guyana Divorce, Division of Property & Family Court Lawyer!

The Law Office of Ms Jamela A Ali, can file Petitions for Divorces to the new Family Division of the High Court for persons residing in Guyana as well as out of Guyana.

Click here laws on Divorce as set out in the Matrimonial Causes Act Cap. 45:02 in The Laws of Guyana Revised Edition LRO 2012, purple Volume 9.

Click here for Article on Divorce laws in Guyana by Mr. M. Muntaz Ali, Attorney-at-Law - Time for Reform

In order to commence Divorce proceedings, the following is required to prepare the Divorce Petition:

  1. A certified original marriage certificate;
  2. The address of the person applying (Petitioner);
  3. The address of the other side (Respondent);
  4. The places and dates the parties lived after marriage;
  5. The occupation or job description of both parties;
  6. The domicile of the parties; 
  7. The names of children if they are below 18 years, their dates of birth and who are they living with;
  8. Reasons for divorce based on prescribed grounds described below, the date of separation etc.; 
  9. The name and address of someone in Guyana authorised to accompany the Marshal to serve the divorce petition on the Respondent (applicable to persons residing out of Guyana).

The main grounds for a Divorce are:
1. Malicious desertion and or desertion,
2.  Adultery,
3.  Cruelty.

Personal Service of Divorce Petition
The Petition is required to be personally served on the Respondent by a Marshal of the Supreme Court of Guyana. The Respondent must be pointed out by the Petitioner or a duly authorised agent who knows the Respondent.

Substituted Service of Divorce Petition
The Petition may also be served by substituted service by registered airmail or courier post if the Respondent lives abroad and the Petitioner knows the address or by advertisement in a newspaper in Guyana or the country where the Respondent lives. An application has to be made to the High Court of the Supreme Court for a substituted service order.

Undefended Divorce
If the Respondent does not enter an appearance and file an answer within the prescribed time, the Petition will be heard undefended. The Petitioner has to attend Court and testify as to the contents of the Petition in order to obtain the Decree Nisi of Divorce. This does not end the Marriage.

Defended Divorce
A Respondent may defend the divorce by entering an appearance and filing an Answer asking that the Petition be dismissed. The Respondent may also file a cross prayer asking that the Respondent be granted the divorce.

Application to dispense with viva voce (oral) evidence
If the Petitioner is abroad and cannot return to Guyana for the hearing of the undefended divorce, an application can be made to the High Court of the Supreme Court for the evidence to be given by affidavit. However, the Judge may not grant the application if the Petitioner was not present in Guyana when the Petition for divorce was made.  

Divorce Absolute Order
At the expiration of 6 (six) weeks after the decree nisi has been granted, the Petitioner can apply to the High Court to have it made absolute or final. If the Petitioner does not apply, the Respondent may do so 9 (nine) weeks after the decree nisi. A decree absolute order ends a marriage.

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Review

I desperately needed a lawyer for my divorce in Guyana but was overseas. I searched online and found Ms. Jamela Ali. Through her office I was able to have the necessary legal proceedings addressed in a timely manner. During this time I had a change of heart and Ms. Ali ensured the matter was legally resolved. Ms. Jamela Ali was always available to meet to listen to my concerns. In addition, she ensured I was totally informed of all developments as the matter moved forward. Her level of professionalism and dedication was exceptional. It is with this experience I have recommended Ms. Jamela Ali’s Office to my friends seeking legal advice and services.
Vivian Rookhum
28 April 2016

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Division of Matrimonal Property

We also give advice to a husband, wife or common law spouse regarding their rights and entitlements in relation to property held in the name of one party during a marriage or other relationship, under the Married Persons (Property) Act Cap. 45:04 stated in The Laws of Guyana Revised Edition LRO 2012, purple Volume 9. 

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Custody of Children

Custody of children matters are handled and applications for reasonable access of children by one parent.

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Adoption of Children in Guyana

Ms Jamela A. Ali is a former Adviser and Member of the Guyana Adoption of Children Board and National Commission for the Survival, Protection and Development of Children and the Jamela A. Ali Law Office can apply to the High Court for the Adoption of Children residing in Guyana by Guyanese living in Guyana as well as Guyanese living abroad and also for foreigners.

The Adoption Laws of Guyana are governed by the Adoption of Children Act Cap. 46:04 set out in The Laws of Guyana Revised Edition LRO 2012, purple Volume 9. Adoption of Children are managed under The Childcare and Protection Agency Act Cap. 46:07.

The former Adoption laws did not permit Guyanese living abroad to adopt children in Guyana. In 1997, an amendment sought to permit Guyanese living abroad to adopt.

Letter by Jamela A. Ali, published in the Stabroek News on the 21 August 2000 under the caption “Amendment to the Adoption Act is very badly drafted” and in the Guyana Chronicle on the 20 August 2000 under the caption “Guyanese living abroad cannot adopt children here”.

click here for letter Adoption of Children in Guyana

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Ms Jamela A. Ali Law Office, provides services in Contract Negotiations, Mining Law & Agreements, Conveyancing, Property matters, Trademarks, Adoption of Children, Divorces, Probates of Wills and Administration, Money Claims, Formation of Companies, Mediation, and Real Estate.

Ms Jamela A Ali made special studies in Legislative Drafting, obtained a Masters of Law degree from UWI, Barbados, which included the Public Law courses of Constitutional and Administrative Law and wrote a Research Paper on Legislative Drafting, Parliamentary Counsel, Statute Law Revision, Consolidation of Laws, Law Reform, Constitution, Natural Justice, and Good Administration.

Ms Jamela A. Ali is also a Trademark Agent and a Notary Public.

Ms Jamela A Ali is also a Trained Certified Mediator providing service in the administration of justice and settlement of disputes.


For further information, here are the contact details:

Contact person:     Ms. Jamela A Ali, LLB (Hons)(UWI), LEC, LLM (Legislative Drafting)(UWI)

Office Address:     Lot 1 Croal Street, Stabroek, Georgetown
                           Guyana (br), South America

Telephone number:+592 225 4712  

Emails:                 jamelalawyer11@yahoo.com

                           jamelaali@gmail.com

Website:               www.GuyaneseLawyer.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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