MARRIAGE/ PROPERTY: Official Solicitor to the Senior Courts v Yemoh

15 FEB 2011

(Chancery Division; Anthony Elleray QC sitting as a deputy HC judge; 15 December 2010)

The polygamous husband, who was domiciled in Ghana, owned property in England. Following his death, the issue arose as to whether polygamous marriages under customary law of Ghana are recognised by English law for the purposes of succession to real estate.

Held that polygamous marriages contracted in accordance with the customary law of Ghana were recognised for the purposes of succession to real estate in England and Wales.

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