For any man that divorces his wife, there is a risk of losing their matrimonial home to her especially if the marriage is blessed with children. Women have a right to the matrimonial building; that is a house built during the pendency of the marriage. A woman that has children for her husband and had married him before a house is built has a right to live in the house with her children even in the case of divorce under the provisions of the Married Woman Property Act 1882, though many are not aware of this enshrined right.
The belief that patriarchy is so entrenched in the Nigerian system and women have no rights even under the law has been proved to be an erroneous one, majorly propounded by those ignorant of the rights provided under the law.
The provisions of the Married Woman Property Act 1882 formed the basis of the pronouncement of the Chief Judge of Oyo state, Justice Munta Abimbola, in a property suit between a divorced couple; Toyin Arajulu, formerly known as Mrs Toyin James and her former husband, Mr James Monday.