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Title:Cultural Norms and a Woman's Status in Marriage
Author:Olarinmoye, Esther A.ISNI
Periodical:African Notes: Bulletin of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:married women
customary law
family law
Cultural Roles
Marital Relations and Nuptiality
Law, Legal Issues, and Human Rights
Status of Women
Abstract:Three forms of marriage are possible in Nigeria: marriage under the Marriage Act, customary law marriage and Islamic law marriage. The present paper is concerned with customary law marriage and the woman's status therein. A woman who is validly married under customary law can claim the status of wife for herself, and legitimacy and the right of inheritance for her children. Customary marriage involves a series of contracts between the spouses and their families, including the social-legal contract established by the payment and receipt of a dowry, and the formal handing over of the bride to the family of her husband. Marriage confers on the husband and wife specific rights and obligations relating, amongst others, to consortium, maintenance, property and other civil matters. After her husband's death, the widow retains links with her deceased husband's kin and may have to go through a process of formal divorce to regain her freedom. Ref.