Ratio DecidendiRatio Decidendi


(1980) JELR 69582 (HC)    
High Court  ·  20 Jun 1980 ·  Ghana
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[1980] GLR 745

Ratio Decidendi

Core Terms Beta
united states
long island
new york
matrimonial home
evidence of the petitioner
evidence of the respondent
volta region
amua-sekyi j.
brief periods
common ground
court power
ex parte
final break
full marital relations
good reason
household duties
i.b.m. corporation of new york
joint income tax returns
joint names
joint names of the respondent
judge lonschein of that court
leave of absence
limited period
long period
major source of disagreement
marriage ordinance
matrimonial causes act
mr. tsegah
owner of the property
own evidence
own property
philips v
place of work
reasonable time
respondent of habitual rudeness
said children
small matter
such visits
supreme court of the state of new york
tax rebates
united states of america
victoria dzigbordi ofori
victor kodzo ofori


The petitioner, Victor Kodzo Ofori, hails from Vakpo in the Volta Region; the respondent, Victoria Dzigbordi Ofori, nee Affram, hails from Peki, also in the Volta Region. Some time before 1964, the petitioner went to the United States of America to study Engineering. After qualifying in 1964 he took up an appointment with the I.B.M. Corporation of New York as a Computer Systems Engineer. From time to time, the petitioner paid visits to Ghana. In 1971 while on one of such visits, the petitioner, on 3 April, married the respondent under the Marriage Ordinance, Cap. 127 (1951 Rev.) in Accra. Later that month, the petitioner and the respondent left for the United States where they set up a matrimonial home in Poughkeepsie, New York, in a house owned by the petitioner. In 1972, the petitioner sold the house at Poughkeepsie and acquired another property on Long Island where he resided with the respondent. Later that year, there was born to the petitioner and the respondent a so…

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