Law lecturer: “Odartey can sue ex-wife for paternity deceit and ask for refund of all expenses”

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Senior lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Cape Coast, Mr. Vanboven Swanzy-Essien has said Nii Odartey Lamptey is at liberty to sue the ex-wife for misattributed paternity.  Results of an undercover Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) test revealed that the former Ghanaian international never fathered any of ‘his’ three children, a shattering revelation which collapsed the wedlock that had existed over a decade.

 

On Monday, the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal filed by the hyperactive ex-wife to occupy the footballer’s plush 7-bedroom apartment in East Legon.

 

Contributing to the discussion as a resource person on Skyy Power FM, Mr. Swanzy-Essien said the ex-Ghana footballer can move to court to demand for compensation from the ex-wife especially when misattributed paternity had been established.

 

“Odartey Lamptey could have gone ahead, in this same case or in a separate case, to ask for a refund of all expenses from the ex-wife for fraudulently attributing the kids to him as the biological father,” the 2005 Best Law Student posited.

 

In June 2017, an Accra High Court instructed the ex-Anderlecht player to release to the ex-wife Miss Gloria Appiah, his 4-bed room house at Dome in addition to a car and a cash of GHC 200,000, which he did as an alimony. The embittered ex-wife, very dissatisfied with the outcome, filed for an appeal against the ruling, requesting the court to grant her occupancy at her East Legon apartment owned by the ex-husband. However, the Appeals Court on Monday, upheld the earlier decision of the High Court decision which rejected Gloria Appiah’s additional claim of Nii Odartey Lamptey’s 7-bed room house at East Legon as part of her alimony following their divorce.

 

On the same programme on Skyy Power FM, sports pundit Paul Anyaba argued that there is a reasonable cause for Odartey Lamptey to make claims for remedies, including the hard work and the financial cost of bringing up children, and that emotional attachments formed between the father and the children.

 

“The obligation of the ex-wife to make candid and truthful claims about paternity, and the deception involved in her infidelity are ethical justifications for Odartey to make a case against the entangled ex-wife”, Paul concluded.

 

In June 2017, an Accra High Court instructed the ex-Anderlecht player to release to the ex-wife Miss Gloria Appiah, his 4-bed room house at Dome in addition to a car and a cash of GHC 200,000, which he did. The embittered ex-wife, very dissatisfied with the outcome, filed for an appeal against the ruling. However, the Appeals Court on Monday, upheld the earlier decision of the High Court decision which rejected Gloria Appiah’s claim of Nii Odartey Lamptey’s 7-bed room house at East Legon as part of her alimony following their divorce

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