Ghana: Bills to turn co-habitation into marriage spark big debate
In Ghana, men who have failed to formalize their relationships with their fiancés or girlfriends could soon see their properties shared with such women, even if they fail to formally marry them.
Currently, the two bills before Parliament are aimed at ensuring that men and women, who may have acquired property in the course of their relationships would have such properties divided when the union ends.
They are the Property Rites of Spouses Bill and Intestate Succession Bill.
A key provision of the bills on co-habitation states that a man and a woman live together for five successive years are regarded as married in the eyes of the law and are enjoined by the provisions of married persons.
In this report, WADR’s Accra Correspondent gives further details on the content of the bills and gets reactions from some Ghanaians on an issue, which has sparked huge public debate.
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