JAMES KOBINA D. OTABIL
V.
HANNAH OTABIL

(2017) JELR 107737 (HC)    
High Court  ·  BDMC/70/2014 ·  24 Feb 2017 ·  Ghana
CORAM
CECILIA DON-CHEBE AGBEVEY
Core Terms Beta
petitioner
respondent
marriage
parties
court
witness statement
matrimonial home
petition
terms of settlement
28th day of march
children of the marriage
claims
differences
fairer papa kojo asare otabil
issues of the marriage
marriage ordinance
period
sexual intercourse
11th day of november
academic position
alajo church of pentecost
church members
cross examination
cross-examination
diligent efforts
efforts
executive secretary of the church of pentecost
family members
fish pond
following reliefs
grant of a decree of divorce
honourable court
irreconcilable differences
joint custody
matrimonial causes act
order
part
parties’ respective evidence
party suffering
respective witness statements
respect of the ancillary reliefs
sole ground
upkeep of the children
upkeep of the children of the marriage
virtue of section
wilful refusal

 JUDGEMENT 

The parties were married under the Marriage Ordinance (Cap 127) (1951  Rev.) on the 28th day of March, 2004 at the Alajo Church of Pentecost, Central  Assembly, Accra. 

The parties cohabited at Nii Boi Town, Fish Pond, West Legon and  Ashaiman Gbetsile. There are three issues of the marriage. Per the petition filed on the 11th day of November, 2013, the petitioner is praying the court for the  following reliefs: 

1. That the marriage between the parties be dissolved. 

2. Joint custody and maintenance of the three children of the marriage. The Respondent filed an answer in which she denied the material particulars  save that she agrees that the marriage be dissolved. She cross-petitioned as  follows: 

1. That the Petitioner has never contributed to the upkeep of the children and therefore the Respondent prays that the Petitioner be  ordered to contribute to the upkeep of the children of the marriage  and also pay for all arrears of their educational fees.

2. That custody of th…

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