Court dissolves 20-year-old marriage over husband’s refusal to pay child’s school fees

An Idi-Ogungun Customary Court in Agodi, Ibadan, on Friday dissolved the 20-year-old marriage between one Funmilayo and Babatunde Abiodun, over the husband’s refusal to pay one of his children’s SSCE fees.

Funmilayo had approached the court for the dissolution of the marriage that produced four children over negligence of responsibility on the part of her husband.

In his ruling, the court’s President, Chief Mukaila Balogun, said that the evidence by both parties had proven that there was no more love in the relationship.

Balogun said the court was handicapped in resolving the dispute between the couple since both had agreed to path ways. He dissolved the marriage and gave the custody of two of the four children to the defendant.

According to the president, the two children who are over 18 years of age should be in the custody of their father under the law. He also ordered the remaining two children who are below 18 years to remain with the plaintiff. The court ordered the defendant to be paying N8, 000 monthly to the plaintiff for the upkeep of the two children that would be in her custody.

The court also directed the defendant to be responsible for the school fees of the four children, henceforth. Earlier, Funmilayo, 42, had told the court that she left her matrimonial home about five years ago due to maltreatment from her husband. She said the defendant neglected his responsibility as a father, which made her to shoulder the payment of the children’s school fees, feeding and other responsibilities alone.

“My lord, I decided to divorce him because he had refused to pay the SSCE fees of our second born.

“I do not want him in my life again and I urge the court to compel him to be alive to his responsibility,” Funmilayo said.

The defendant, Abiodun, did not object to the dissolution of the marriage, but pleaded with the court to give him the custody of the four children. Abiodun, 49, however, accused his wife of committing adultery and that he had tried to satisfy her to the best of his ability.


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