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Many Marriages Dying Due to In-laws Interference


Madam Belinda Osei Mensah, the Sunyani Municipal Director of the Department of Social Welfare, has appealed to in-laws, particularly mothers, to distance themselves to help save marriages.

She said preliminary investigation revealed that a lot of marriages between young couples were collapsing in the Municipality because of unnecessary interferences and pressures from mother in-laws.

Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Sunyani, Madam Mensah expressed concern about high rates of divorce in the Municipality, thereby contributing to disturbing cases of child custody.

She said the Department in 2021 recorded 64 cases of child custody as compared to 58 cases in the previous year, saying incompatibility between couples, lack of family background checks, as well as self-centeredness were also some factors fueling divorces.

Madam Mensah noted that because many young couples did not prepare themselves adequately before they tied the knot, any little misunderstanding turned to ruin their marriages.

She, therefore, advised partners not to rush into marriage, but instead have more time to study each other, prepare themselves emotionally and financially before the marriage contract was sealed.

Madam Mensah said marriage remained a holy union between men and women, not boys and girls, and therefore, advised young couples to learn to solve their problems, rather than engaging their in-laws.

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