The continuous social changes in the country have really put pressure on customary marriage and inter-marriages.
The fact that the cultural practices and norms are not written as law has created both advantages and disadvantages in respect of rights and duties of parties involved under customary marriage.
Initiation ceremonies for girls who reach puberty prepare them for marriage and gender responsibilities as defined by culture.
Cultural practices such as polygamy also drive child marriage in Zambia, as young girls are married off to older men who are respected in their communities. Over 60.5% of the population live below the poverty line, and families see child marriage as an opportunity to benefit financially from the bride price they receive for their daughter.
Consequently, this has led to a number of disputes.