Mother’s first marriage in Sudan to biological father of children constituted valid cultural marriage for purposes of stepfather’s attempt to claim presumption of paternity based on alleged invalidity of first marriage due to biological father’s failure to complete payment of dowry; both mother and biological father testified that they there was a valid cultural marriage, there was evidence that the parties intended to marry, received the blessing of their local authority, consummated the marriage, and substantially paid the dowry.
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