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Traditional marriage allows men to marry more – Lawyer

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A private legal practitioner, Lawyer Frederick Kwame Asamoah has revealed that customary law marriage is potential polygamous.

According to Lawyer Asamoah, customary or traditional marriage does not prohibit men from marrying additional wives.
“The traditional marriage is recognized as a marriage in Ghana but there are no vows and laws stopping men from marrying a second wife,” he said.

Lawyer Asamoah was speaking at the studios of TV XYZ during a program christened My Lawyer My Counselor hosted by Award-winning broadcast journalist, Daakyehene Ofosu Agyeman.

“Our fathers were able to marry more wives because there was no binding agreement stopping them from experimenting and exercising polygamy” the lawyer added.

The head of Nissi Consult Chambers explaining the kinds of marriages in Ghana said the Ordinance Marriage binds man to one wife but the traditional marriage is different.

When the host asked whether the man needs the wife’s approval before taking another wife, the lawyer said ” it depends on the respect that the man may have for the first wife but he can take another wife without her consent”.

The lawyer, who is a law lecturer at Central University College is also a Bishop at Victory Bible Church International and heads the Excellence Sanctuary at Odorkor in Accra.

Lawyer Asamoah revealed that there are three marriages that are recognized in Ghana and they are the Customary, Ordinance and the Mohammadan marriage.
He used the opportunity to advise married women who have had their marriages not certified to convince their partners to do so in order to secure their unions.

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