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The Never Ending Fight; Court Ordered Parenting Plan

Felicia Anyogu, B. Nkechi Okpalaobi

Abstract


The question as to who retains the custody, physical control and care of the child or children of a marriage is often cardinal, vexed and contentious between the parties in any court proceedings for dissolution of marriage, divorce or legal separation .This paper examines the legal principles, perspectives and dimensions relative to court ordered parenting in Nigeria with particular attention to the comparative positions at common law, under statute and within the realm of customary law. It also x-rays the sociological and psychological considerations and factors at play in such proceedings especially as it relates to the part of the parting, contending parties and as they influence the decision of the court in any such given matter. It then maintains the position that the interest of the child is and ought to continue to be the foremost consideration in resolving any such matter.



http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/afrrev.v10i1.3
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