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Defending The Right To Love: A Case For Registration Of Customary Marriages

Article by Lawrence Alado and Reagan Siima Musinguzi


Customary marriages occur frequently in Uganda, but the inability to prove these marriages has resulted in many parties being unfairly deprived of the benefits and rights that come with being legally married. This paper argues for the mandatory registration of customary marriages to safeguard these rights. The authors conduct a comprehensive analysis of the existing frameworks governing customary marriages by identifying the gaps within the framework, examining the advantages that would arise from mandatory registration, addressing potential challenges, and outlining how the registration process should be carried out. The authors contend that the failure to mandate registration denies spouses and their offspring the rights that they are entitled to as a result of their marriage.

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