(1973) JELR 63933 (HC)    
High Court  ·  22 Feb 1973 ·  Ghana
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[1973] 2 GLR 103
Core Terms Beta
sexual intercourse
reasonable spouse
marital connection
unreasonable behaviour
behaviour of the respondent
careful survey of the evidence
charge of cruelty
consortium of her husband
continuous period
dissolution of his marriage
effect of this deliberate behaviour
grant of a decree
grave injury
grounds of the husband
high blood pressure
husband’s letter
intervention of the spouses
issue of the marriage
lack of sexual intercourse
long period
mental health
middle finger
old law
party suffering
present case
reasonable apprehension
respondent’s conduct
result of ill-health
result of the beating
sarkodee j.
sheldon v
situation of the particular spouse
sleepless nights
spiritual leaders
subsequent grant of a decree
such conduct
such occasions
wife’s consent
wife’s own uncle
wilful refusal
years of normal marital relations
young wife

SARKODEE J.: The petitioner prays for dissolution of his marriage with the respondent on the ground that their marriage has broken down beyond reconciliation; that they have not lived as man and wife for a continuous period of over two years and that the respondent is unreasonably withholding her consent to the grant of a decree. The petitioner says further that all attempts made at reconciliation have failed.

The parties were married in 1958 and lived and cohabited in Accra. There is no issue of the marriage but the respondent had children of her own before she was married to the petitioner. The petitioner, during the subsistence of the marriage, had four children by other women. He confesses to his adultery but says that he was forced to behave in that manner by the respondent’s conduct and persistent nagging.

On 15 March 1959, the wife petitioned for divorce on the grounds of the husband’s adultery and cruelty. She, however, discontinued the suit after the husband had filed an answer…

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