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Title:Implications and Limits of Parental Rights in Nigeria
Author:Uzodike, Eunice N.U.
Periodical:African Journal of International and Comparative Law
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:family law
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Law, Legal Issues, and Human Rights
Cultural Roles
Marital Relations and Nuptiality
Women and Their Children
External link:http://www.heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/afjincol2&id=302&collection=journals&index=journals/afjincol
Abstract:This paper examines some areas of parental rights in Nigeria, their implications and the current legislative and other limits on these rights. The paper is concerned in particular with the right to custody and physical possession, the right to a child's services, the right to discipline and chastise, the right to consent to marriage and receive a dowry, the right of parents to determine the form of education their children should receive, the right to determine the religion their children shall be brought up in, the right to be guardian and to appoint a guardian, and various other rights. It is shown that contact with modern civilization, resulting in changes in social attitudes and the growing independence of children, especially in the cities, has affected certain aspects of parental rights. There is a trend towards securing the interests and welfare of the children above preserving and enforcing some parental rights. However, some laws appear to have succeeded in theory but not in practice in limiting some aspects of parental rights in Nigeria. Notes, ref., sum. in French.