A renowned Lawyer and Bishop, Lawyer Fredrick Kwame Asamoah, has expounded on the crime of marrying a spouse who is already married by law. He is the head of NISSI Consult, a private law firm in the country. According to the Law lecturer of the Central University, any man or woman who agrees to marry who agrees to marry another man or woman, knowing that person is already married under law is guilty of a crime.
The lawyer detailed that this is known as Bigamy and can be found in Chapter 6 of the Criminal offences act, Section 262 of the 1992 constitution of Ghana. He mentioned that any person who undergoes ordinance marriage, that is marriage under law is subject to one spouse. This is the kind of marriage where one goes to court to sign and officiate the marriage.
With this, when one of the spouses report the case of Bigamy to the court, the guilty person can be sentenced to six months imprisonment. He advised that if a person wants to marry more than one spouse, such a person should undergo customary marriage, that is the traditional marriage to avoid trouble. He added that this is a law in Ghana as well as several countries, however it has not been activated in Ghana, and most people are not even aware of it.
He added that this is the reason why Ghanaians living outside the country, come down to marry people for their nativity, travel with them outside the country and pretend they are siblings to their spouses abroad. This is because in such countries, these laws are very effective. Hence when one is caught, they can be jailed and or even be deported. He advised men who are into the habit of deceiving their Ghanaian wife's overseas, pretending to be siblings to be careful because it is a very risky venture.
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