The petitioner, a mother of three, resides in the Ketu area of Lagos.
She is seeking the dissolution of her eight-year-old marriage, on grounds of alleged negligence, battery and other irreconcilable differences.
Lucy told the court that she had to move out after her husband beat her leaving her with a black eye.
The petitioner told the court that her husband beat her due to a simple misunderstanding.
“He came home that day and claimed I did not put the children’s bed in order, I do not know the offence in that; he beat me leaving me with a damaged eye.
“In fact, he has an ongoing criminal case of battery before a Lagos Magistrates’ Court, when I reported him and he was remanded for seven days.
“Also before then, he was never doing his duty, he did not take charge of things, he put the children in public schools and even at that, he was not constant with their fees.
“l deal in clothes so I always provided that for them, he did not seem bothered to drop any penny, he felt comfortable leaving the responsibilities to me.
The claimant, Patrick, a technician, claimed he had always taken responsibilities of the home front.
“We had our first children a set of twins on Dec. 28, 2011, and they came via Caesarian operation; I know the amount I had to pay at Gbagada general hospital.
“Our last child, who is two years, came via CS too and I paid heavily for the hospital bills.
“As against her claims, I am a responsible man, the children attended a private school before I couldn’t keep up with their fees again and I took them to a public school.
“It was supposed to be for a little while till I come out of the financial crisis, but she could not wait for that.
“Whenever we have a private discussion as a couple, before l knew it, I will hear it in the mouths of her family, I warned her severally to stop involving third parties in our matter but she would not listen.
“The day she said I beat her, I did not, the picture she is brandishing is doctored.
“I told her to arrange and put the bed in shape and she replied by telling me that if I am not crippled, I should also put it in order, I saw that as an insult.
“But I did not touch her, I only yanked her hand off when she held my trousers and was provoking me with her words.
“After some days when I got home, I discovered she had packed her load, I did not throw her out, she left on her own accord,’’ he said.
The respondent said he was okay with the decision of the petitioner for dissolution, since he had pleaded for a truce but she refused.
But the claimant prayed the court to grant him custody of the children instead the children had always been close to him than their mother.
The Court President, T.I Olowoy, however, told the couple to remain at peace and urged the petitioner to allow their father have access to his children.
He said they should agree to a place and time for visits to avoid future clash.
He adjourned the suit until Oct. 10 for adoption of address and judgment later the same day.
Edited by Maureen Atuonwu