Divorcing someone doesn’t guarantee you half of their property – Lawyer Adwoa Amoako Adjei states

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Sources reveal that divorces have become more and more in recent times in Ghana yet little is known about it. This process allows either party to dissolve their marriage in court after satisfying some conditions provided by law. 

Lawyer Adwoa Adjei, a Ghanaian lawyer during a live show with a Nigerian lawyer, Rita Oruche, addressed both Ghanaians and Nigerians on the Ghanaian laws regarding divorces in Ghana. She was given the opportunity to answer questions from viewers pertaining to divorces. 

Not so surprisingly, the most popular amongst the questions was about the distribution of properties between spouses after divorce. Ms Adjei explained that getting a divorce did not automatically grant you half of your spousal property but rather an equitable share in accordance with the 1992 constitution of Ghana. She further explained that a recent Supreme Court decision in Adjei v Adjei had held that a spouse claiming any interest in a property had to show some proof that he or she contributed towards the acquisition of the property before that spouse will be entitled to the property. 

This then poses a question of whether spouses are now to keep receipts of contributions they make in their marriage?

Ms Adjei also explained that the act of signing of divorce papers is not the conclusion for a divorce in Ghana and that a court has to be satisfied that the marriage has broken down beyond reconciliation before the dissolution of a marriage.

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