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FLORENCE OFOSU ADDOW
V.
MICHAEL OFOSU ADDOW

(2017) JELR 107601 (HC)    
High Court  ·  BDMC 118/2015 ·  27 Feb 2017 ·  Ghana
CORAM
CECILIA DON-CHEBE AGBEVEY

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Core Terms Beta
petitioner
respondent
court
evidence
parties
facts
matrimonial home
petition
breakdown of the marriage
custody of the children
issues of the marriage
marriage ordinance
police officer
prince of peace presbyterian church
reasonable access
unreasonable manner
27th day of september
absentee wife
assertion of the respondent
averment of the respondent
continuous period
cross-examination
dissolution of the marriage
evidence of facts
following reliefs
kwabena ofosu addow
maintenance of the children
marriage certificate
material particulars
matrimonial causes act
matrimonial responsibilities
petitioner’s reliefs
petition of the petitioner
reasonable cause
respect of the ancillary reliefs
respondent’s elder brother
said process
said response
school events
strength of her own case
will of a spouse
witness statement of the petitioner

JUDGMENT

AGBEVEY, J.

The parties were married under the Marriage Ordinance (Cap 127) (1951 Rev.) on the 27th day of September, 2003 at the Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church, Tema. There are two issues of the marriage namely Kwabena Ofosu Addow and Adobea Ofosu Addow. They are 12 and 10 years old respectively.

By a petition filed on the 19th day of December, 2014, the Petitioner is seeking the following reliefs: 

a. Dissolution of the marriage. 

b. Custody of the children with reasonable access to the Respondent.

c. Alimony 

d. An order by the Court for maintenance of the children. 

The Respondent did not file appearance but filed what purports to be an Answer to the Petition on the 27th day of February, 2015. The said response is captioned, 

“Response to Humble Petition of the Petitioner as follows According to its Presentation in the Petition Served Me.” 

In the said process, he denied the material particulars averred by the petitioner. He rather blamed the breakdown of the marriage on …

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