Polygamy in Ghana

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Polygamy is illegal in the African nation of Ghana, but the restrictions are not heavily enforced.[1] Polygamous marriages are illegal under civil law, though are arguably considered to be legal under customary law and Sharia law.[2][3] Despite this exceptions, there have been no reports of a legally contracted polygamous marriage in Ghana; and are considered to be "de facto" illegal.[4] An estimated 22% of Ghanaian women live polygamously.[5][6]


  1. ^ Ghana: Family Code
  2. ^ Ghana
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  6. ^ Mate selection across cultures By Raeann R. Hamon, Bron B. Ingoldsby