Data from the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) indicates a total of 79 customary marriages were dissolved in 2021.
The Assembly in 2021, registered 345 customary marriages. Of the number 79 were dissolved, indicating that, one out of four of the marriages registered collapsed.
They comprised engagements and Islamic marriages, common causes of the collapse of the marriages were infidelity, ill treatment, and child non-maintenance.
Head of Public Affairs of the Assembly, Gilbert Nii Ankrah, told the GNA that the divorce figures for 2020 were lower as compared to that of 2021. He said in 2020, because of the outbreak of Covid-19, the Assembly did not record any significant number.
Mr. Ankrah said in 2021, out of a total of 5,403 Ordinance Marriages registered, only 1,776 were conducted by the Assembly.
On the issue of divorce, Mr. Ankrah explained that because Ordinance Marriage had to do with the Court and was legally inclined, the Assembly did not have the power to get involved in the dissolution process of those marriages.