DAILY LAW TIPS (Tip 294) By Onyekachi Umah, Esq., LLM. ACIArb(UK)
*LEGAL RIGHTS OF A HEART BROKEN LOVER WITH A PROMISE TO MARRY. *
Like any other agreement, a promise to marry someone is a serious agreement that when breached can cause legal action.
Where there is a promise to marry under the statutory law or customary law or Islamic law such promise is a binding agreement between the two parties(man and woman) involved. Hence, refusal to marry where there is a promise to marry is a breach of agreement and the refused lover can go to court and seek for damages. The damages may include money spent on love, wasted years, psychological trauma, emotional trauma and loss of other suitors.
A promise to marry must not be in writing, it may be oral too.
My authorities are Martins V. Adenugba (1946) 18 NLR 63 and the case of Miss Chinye Ezeanah V. Alhaji Mahmoud Atta (2004)7 NWLR (PT. 873) 468 or (2004)LPELR-1198(SC).
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