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Grounds for divorce

The exit points

1955 |

Parliament enacts Hindu Marriage Act. Allows divorce on grounds of adultery, cruelty, desertion

1971 |

The SC makes the earliest observation to include irretrievable breakdown of marriage as a ground for divorce

1976 |

The Hindu Marriage Act is amended to introduce divorce by mutual consent

1978 |

The SC rules that a financially better off wife can choose the matrimonial house too

1978 |

The 71st Law Commission report recommends introducing breakdown of marriage as a ground for divorce

1981 |

Congress goverment tries and fails to introduce new ground

2005 |

Parliament passes The Hindu Succession (Amendment) Act, 2005, giving equal rights to siblings, including daughters, over property

2006 |

The SC, in a landmark ruling, recommends modification of the Hindu Marriage Act to include irretrievable breakdown of marriage as a ground for divorce

2008 |

SC validates live-in relationships as marriages and says children born to such parents would be called legitimate and would have rights to the parents' property

2009 |

The SC denies divorce for the reason that the ground of "irretrievable breakdown of marriage" was not available in existing laws

2012 |

The redrafted Marriage Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2010 passed by the cabinet. The mandatory six-month clause for filing of divorce will now be waived off on grounds of irretrievable breakdown of marriage. The new clause also permits one-time settlement instead of monthly maintenance in case of divorce

Reader's opinion (1)

Srikanth RamakrishnappaMar 31st, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Good info

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