Some lawyers in Lagos on Friday argued that, under the Marriage Act, there is no provision for a married woman to bear her maiden name.
They suggested the need for women to change their surnames after marriage, warning that retention of maiden name could lead to misunderstanding or divorce.
The lawyers spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria against the backdrop of the claim by some people that maiden name should continue to form a part of a woman’s record as it helps to shape her career.
While some lawyers said that a woman could join her maiden name with that of her husband to form a compound name if her husband permits, others advised that maiden names should be dropped altogether immediately after marriage. Read more