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A Supreme Court ruling puts the rights of cohabiting couples on the spotlight

Family lawyers have welcomed a landmark ruling on unmarried couples’ entitlement to bereavement benefits as a step in the right direction for cohabitation rights. However, parliament has been urged to clarify unmarried couples’ rights when one partner dies to avoid people ‘sleepwalking’ into legal difficulties. Continue reading A Supreme Court ruling puts the rights of cohabiting couples on the spotlight

Eight ways you may go to jail in Nigeria because of marriage

Marriage in Nigeria is a serious business regulated by two main laws; the Marriage act and the Matrimonial causes act. The laws provide almost exhaustively, protections for parties to a marriage.   However, like any other law, people will continue to be creative in finding   ways around it and such creativity can land one in jail. In some cases, one need not even be a party to the marriage to become liable.

The marriage act provides for the following offences that can lead a party or a third party to jail in the cause of celebration of a marriage. Anthony Atata , a Nigerian lawyer whose practice covers divorce and family Law writes in a plain language for readers of Courtroom Mail who are not lawyers.Eight of the most common offences are as follows:[restrict paid=”true”]  Continue reading Eight ways you may go to jail in Nigeria because of marriage