Mrs. Gladys Mensah filed a petition of divorce and asked for an equally distribution of the assets she jointly acquired with her former husband during their marriage. The trial and the Court of Appeal delivered a judgment in favor of Mrs. Mensah arguing that she contributed in many ways in the acquisition and administration of the joint assets.
The Supreme Court upheld those decisions considering that the Petitioners contribution even as a housewife, in maintaining the house and creating a congenial atmosphere for the respondent to create the economic empire he has built are enough to earn for her an equal share in the marital properties on offer for distribution upon the decree of divorce and that women are no donkeys that could be dump after offering useful and valuable services without any regard for her rights as a human being.
The Court argues that common sense and principles of general fundamental human rights requires that a person who is married to another, and performs various household chores for the other partner like keeping the home, washing and keeping the laundry generally clean, cooking and taking care of the partner’s catering needs as well as those of visitors, raising up of the children in a congenial atmosphere and generally supervising the home such that the other partner, has a free hand to engage in economic activities must not be discriminated against in the distribution of properties acquired during the marriage when the marriage is dissolved.
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Judges that issued this decision
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