DOUBLE-DECKER MARRIAGE IN NIGERIA ISSUES, PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS

DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE PROBLEMS AND PROSPECTS
June 19, 2017
DUTY OF CARE ITS IMPLICATIONS TO THE MEDICAL PROFESSION OF NIGERIA
June 19, 2017
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ABSTRACT

It has become a common practice in Nigeria for parties who intend to contract a statutory marriage to marry first under customary law before the solemnization of the statutory marriage. This practice may be explained by the fact that though Western civilization and culture have permeated Nigerian society, most people, even the most sophisticated understandably regard themselves as bound by the customary law of their place of origin. The Nigerian Marriage Act has given validity to this practice by enabling who are married under Customary Law to marry each other under the statute.
Some legal questions arise from this practice. It is uncertain whether the statutory marriage supersedes, for all intent and purposes, the previous customary-law marriage, or if the customary law marriage is merely put into abeyance to retrieve after the subsequent statutory marriage has come to an end. There is also the question of whether both marriages co-exist.
The purpose of this project will be to examine all this questions and the position of such marriages and the associated problems in Nigeria.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
COVER PAGE………………………………………………….………… i
CERTIFICATION PAGE………………………………………………. … iii
ABSTRACT………………………………………………………………….. iv
TABLE OF CONTENTS………………………..…………………………. v
DEDICATION………………………………………………………………… ix
ACKNOWLEDGMENT …………………………………………………….. x
TABLE OF CASES…………………………………………………………… xii
TABLE OF STATUTES……….……………………………………………. xiv
LISTOFABBREVIATIONS……………………………………………….. xv
CHAPTER ONE
GENERAL INTRODUCTION
1.0.0 INTRODUCTION……………………………………………………… 1
1.1.0 BACKGROUND TO THE STUDY…………………..……………… 3
1.2.0 OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY………………………………………… 4
1.3.0 FOCUS OF THESTUDY………………….……………………………… 5
1.4.0 SCOPE OF THE STUDY………………………………………………… 5
1.5.0 METHODOLOGY..………………………………………………………. 6
1.6.0 LITERATURE REVIEW………………………………………………… 7
1.7.0 DEFINITION OF TERMS………………………………………………… 9
1.7.0 CONCLUSION…………………………………………………………….. 9
CHAPTER TWO
GLOBAL CONCEPT OF MARRIAGE EXAMINED
2.0.0 INTRODUCTION…………………………………………………………… 11
2.1.0 DEFINITION OF MARRIAGE………………………..……………….……. 12
2.2.0 CONSTITUTION OF MARRIAGE UNDER NIGERIAN LAW……….. 13
2.2.1 CONSTITUTION OF MARRIAGE UNDER CUSTOMARY LAW…..… 17
2.2.2 CONSTITUTION OF MARRIAGE UNDER STATUTORY LAW…..… 22
3.3.0 LEGAL EFFECT OF MARRIAGE IN NIGERIAN……………..……….. 26
2.4.0 CONCLUSION……………………………………………………………….. 34
CHAPTER THREE
DOUBLE-DECKER MARRIAGE IN NIGERIA: ISSUES, PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS
3.0.0 INTRODUCTION…………………………………………………………….. 36
3.1.0 DEFINITION OF DOUBLE- DECKER MARRIAGE……………………… 36
3.2.0 REASONS FOR DOUBLE- DECKER MARRIAGE……………….….. 39
3.3.0 IMPLICATION AND EFFECT OF DOUBLE- DECKER
MARRIAGE……………………………………………………………….. 44
3.4.0 PROBLEMS OF DOUBLE- DECKER MARRIAGE IN NIGERIA…… 58
3.5.0 TERMINATION OF DOUBLE- DECKER MARRIAGE IN
NIGERIA…………………………………………………………………… 61
3.6.0 CONCLUSION……………………………………………………………… 67
CHAPTER FOUR
PROSPECT OF DOUBLE-DECKER MARRIAGE IN NIGERIA
4.0.0 INTRODUCTION………………………………………………………… 69
4.1.0 ADVANTAGES OF DOUBLE-DECKER MARRIAGE IN
NIGERIA………………………………………………………………..… 69
4.1.1 SOCIAL BENEFITS OF DOUBLE-DECKER MARRIAGE IN
NIGERIA …………………………………………………………………. 70
4.1.2 ECONOMIC BENEFITS OF DOUBLE-DECKER MARRIAGE IN
NIGERIA…………………………………….…………………………….. 74
4.1.3 JUDICIAL BENEFITS OF DOUBLE-DECKER MARRIAGE IN
NIGERIA…………………………………….…………………………….. 75
4.2.0 CONCLUSION……………………………………….……………………. 77
CHAPTER FIVE
CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATION
5.0.0 CONCLUSION……………………………………………………………… 78
5.1.0 RECOMMENDATION………………………………………………..…… 81
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