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(2017) JELR 107768 (HC)    
High Court  ·  SUIT NO. DM/ 0042/2016 ·  13 Jan 2017 ·  Ghana

Ratio Decidendi

Core Terms Beta
matrimonial home
children of the marriage
ghana shippers authority
family members
continuous period
1st day of april
financial provision of gh
household chores
matrimonial property
medical care
mensah v
result of the respondent
school fees of the children of the marriage
settlement of gh
subsistence of the marriage
university of ghana
care of the matrimonial home
church services
citizens of ghana
cross examination
eldest child
equal access
grant of a decree
hearing of the case
immovable property
legal fees
loan facility
own costs
petitioner’s case
plethora of cases
reason of such adultery
respect of the said property
respondent claims
respondent’s application
respondent’s family members
responsible wife
result of the issues
settlement of property rights
such advice
telephone calls
true copy of the marriage certificate



The Petitioner and the Respondent were lawfully married under the Marriage  Ordinance, 1951 Rev. (CAP 127) on the 1st day of April, 1995 at the Akuafo Hall,  University of Ghana, Legon, Accra. 

Both parties are citizens of Ghana and resident in Accra, Ghana. The Petitioner is an Accountant and currently working with the Ghana Shippers Authority whilst the Respondent is a Caterer by profession. The Respondent claims that she is  unemployed. However the Petitioner also claims that the Respondent works with the Synagogue Church of all Nations. 

There are three children of the marriage – Tabitha Cobbina, aged 18 years; Enoch  Cobbina and Esther Cobbina, who are twins and aged 17 years.

The Petitioner filed a petition against the Respondent for the dissolution of the  marriage and for both parties to bear their own costs. 

The Respondent filed an answer and cross-petition, praying for the following  reliefs: 

a. That the matrimonial home – H/No. PE 666, Pantang be settled …

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