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Woman keeps half of house in dowry dispute

Thursday, December 24, 2015 @ 7:00 PM | By Ann Macaulay

A woman given a 50 per cent interest in a house by her husband’s family as part of her dowry is entitled to keep it following their divorce, according to the Ontario Court of Appeal.

The wide variety of cultures and their norms and traditions in the Canadian mosaic “cannot simply be imported into a transaction involving the transfer of real property by reference to a concept such as ‘dowry,’ ” wrote Justice Robert Blair on behalf of a unanimous court in Abdollahpour v. Banifatemi, [2015]...