It was an American judge, Chimera J., who said in Avnet v. Avnet 204 Misc. 760, 124 N.Y.S. 2d 517 (Mun. Ct. of N.Y.C. 1953) quoted by Joseph Goldstein and Jay Katz in The Family and the Law (New York, 1965), p.566 that:
“Ever since man came to abandon the normadic life, settled in communities and divided the land so that each had his own property, he began to select his women and from that day to this, marriage in some form or other has become an honoured institution bringing with it myriad questions, moral and legal.
One would think that, after so many centuries of marital experience, all of the rights of the parties to a marriage would have been determined by some judicial tribunal and that at least the question who is entitled to possession of the household furniture and effects will have been settled by now, so clearly that many of the popular misconceptions of the day will have been avoided.”
In Ghana with the proliferation of marriage systems and multiplicity and…