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Title:Property issues in the dissolution of marriages: experiences of some divorced mothers in Botswana
Author:Maundeni, TapologoISNI
Year:2003
Periodical:Botswana Notes and Records (ISSN 0525-5090)
Volume:35
Pages:79-87
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Botswana
Southern Africa
Subjects:divorce
property
women
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Women's Issues
Marital Relations and Nuptiality
Cultural Roles
Law, Legal Issues, and Human Rights
law
family law
Marital property
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/40980341
Abstract:In-depth interviews conducted in 1998 with 25 separated and/or divorced women in Botswana indicated that the majority (18) believed that the marital property was not divided fairly on divorce. An exploration of the women's accounts revealed five major reasons why women were given little or no share of the marital property. These are the fact that culturally men control and manage livestock and women end up lacking adequate information on how much livestock they had; some women decided not to be given any share of property because they either feared violence or the property was too old when the divorce hearing took place; discriminatory laws against women; lack of or poor legal representation; and the failure of courts to take into account intangible assets (traditionally marital property in Botswana has been limited to tangible assets). The article concludes with an outline of existing and recommended strategies to remedy the disadvantages women face in respect of property division on divorce. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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