An Analysis of Matrimonial Property Dilemma: A Case Study of Uganda.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

DECLARATION ............................................................................................................................. i

APPROVAL ................................................................................................................................... ii

DEDICATION ............................................................................................................................... iii

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT ............................................................................................................. iv

LIST OF STATUTES .......................................•.............................................................................. v

LIST OF CASES ............................................................................................................. : ............. vi

TABLE OF CONTENTS ............................................................................................................ viii

CHAPTER ONE ............................................................................................................................ 1

GENERAL INTRODUCTION ..................................................................................................... 1

1.0 Background to the Study ........................................................................................................... 1

1.1 Definitions ................................................................................................................................. 2

I.I.I Prope1iy ................................................................................................................................... 2

1.1.2 Matrimonial prope1iy .............................................................................................................. 3

1.1.3 Spouses .................................................................................................................................. .4

1.1.4 House hold prope1iy ............................................................................................................... 5

1.1.5 Inheritance .............................................................................................................................. 7

I. 2 Statement of the Problem .......................................................................................................... 8

1.3 Objectives of the study .............................................................................................................. 8

1.4 Research Questions .................................................................................................................... 9

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1.5 Significance of the study ........................................................................................................... 9

1.6 Methodology .............................................................................................................................. 9

1. 7 Literature Review .................................................................................................................... 10

l .8Chapterisation ............................................................................................................................. 9

CHAPTER TWO ........................................................................................... 12

2.0 ANALYSIS OF MEASURES TO DEAL WITH MATRIMONIAL PROPERTY ......... 16

2.1 Introduction ............................................................................................................................ 16

2.2 Common law remedies ............................................................................................................ 16

2.2.1 Conunon law Rule ................................................................................................................ 16

2.3 Statutory measures ................................................................................................................... 20

2.3.1 Action for damages in tort .................................................................................................... 21

2.3.2 Statutory remedy of proceedings for an injunction .............................................................. 21

2.3.3 Statutory remedy for issues between one of the spouses and a stranger. ............................. 22

2.3.4 Statutory remedy for prope1iy acquired by the spouses ....................................................... 23

2.3.5 Statutory remedy for transactions between husband and wife ............................................. 26

2.4 Conclusion ............................................................................................................................... 27

CHAPTER THREE ..................................................................................................................... 28

3.0 NON - STATUTORY MEASURES DEALING WITH MATRIMONIAL PROPERTY

........................................................................................................................................................ 28

3 .1 Introduction ............................................................................................................................... 28

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3.2 Bank Accounts ......................................................................................................................... 30

3.3 Property Agreements ............................................................................................................... 32

3.2 Separate prope1iy remains separately ...................................................................................... 34

3 .2.2 Agreements to divide relationship prope1iy ........................................................................ .3 6

3.2.3 Man-iage of sh01i duration .................................................................................................... 37

3.2.4 Necessaries oflife ................................................................................................................ .38

3 .2.5 Issues concerning a will.. ...................................................................................................... 3 9

3.4 Cone! usion ............................................................................................................................. .40

CHAPTER FOUR ....................................................................................................................... 41

4.0 EFFECT OF THE MEASURES PUT IN PLACE TO DEAL WITH MATRIMONIAL

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4.1 Introduction .............................................................................................................................. 41

4.2 The effect of Matrimonial prope1iy ........................................................................................ .41

4.2.1 Problems of common law protection ................................................................................... .43

4.3 The effect of action for damages in tort.. ................................................................................. 50

4.3.1 Problems of action for damages in toii ................................................................................ 51

4.4 Effect of Remedy of proceedings for an injunction ................................................................. 51

4.4.2 Negative Effects .................................................................................................................... 52

4.5 Effect of Statutory remedy for issues between one of the spouses and a stranger .................. 53

4 .6 Effect of statutory remedy for prope1iy acquired by the spouses ........................................... 54

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4.8 Cone I usion .............................................................................................................................. 55

CHAPTER FIVE ......................................................................................................................... 56

GENERAL CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS .................................................. 56

5.0 Introduction .............................................................................................................................. 56

5.1 The Constitutional Frame work ............................................................................................... 56

5.2 Balance of power relations ...................................................................................................... 57

5.3 Prima facie case in Derivative Action ..................................................................................... 58

5.4 Legal awareness campaigns ..................................................................................................... 58

5.5 Legal Refonns ......................................................................................................................... 60

5.6 Reducing on the unfair mies on matrimonial propeiiy ............................................................ 61

5. 7 Conclusion ............................................................................................................................... 62

BIBLIOGRAPHY .......................................................................................................................... 66

CHAPTER ONE GENERAL INTRODUCTION 1.0 Background to the Study Several conflicts arise between spouses. The bulk of problems are experienced by women, more so on divorce or death among others of the spouse and pmiicularly on the issue concerning matrimonial prope1iy. Also disputes may arise concerning matrimonial prope1iy between spouses, co-wives, between wives and husbands relatives upon the death of a husband or wife Evidence of disputes over matrimonial property shows that disputes are more common in all tribes especially among the Buganda among other tribes especially in relation to land issues. It appem·s that because of the stigma attached to those who rep01i conflicts, majority of property related disputes are resolved by the pmiies involved. In most eases disputes are not referred to third parties for mediation because of fear of publicity. Most people prefer to deal with the disputes behind closed doors. However there is substantial evidence that in most cases such matters are never resolved but rather shelved away never to be revisited. Women are reluctant to disclose prope1iy related wrangles for as long as they are still in the marriage, women often fear seeking intervention because of the time and expense involved in suing their husbands yet at the end of it all the results may not be their favour.

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Frontiers, E. & HELLEN, N (2022). An Analysis of Matrimonial Property Dilemma: A Case Study of Uganda.. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/an-analysis-of-matrimonial-property-dilemma-a-case-study-of-uganda

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Frontiers, Edu, and NAKIGANDA HELLEN "An Analysis of Matrimonial Property Dilemma: A Case Study of Uganda." Afribary. Afribary, 19 Aug. 2022, https://afribary.com/works/an-analysis-of-matrimonial-property-dilemma-a-case-study-of-uganda. Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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Frontiers, Edu, and NAKIGANDA HELLEN . "An Analysis of Matrimonial Property Dilemma: A Case Study of Uganda.". Afribary, Afribary, 19 Aug. 2022. Web. 24 Sep. 2022. < https://afribary.com/works/an-analysis-of-matrimonial-property-dilemma-a-case-study-of-uganda >.

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Frontiers, Edu and HELLEN, NAKIGANDA . "An Analysis of Matrimonial Property Dilemma: A Case Study of Uganda." Afribary (2022). Accessed September 24, 2022. https://afribary.com/works/an-analysis-of-matrimonial-property-dilemma-a-case-study-of-uganda