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Divorce by Mutual Consent

As the name suggests, NRI Divorce is when a Non-Resident Indian (NRI) wants to file a Divorce Petition in India. An NRI has the choice to file for divorce within the country where he/she is residing or they will also apply for Divorce in India (if they got married in India).

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Can NRIs File Divorce Case Abroad?

Yes, if a Non-Resident Indian (NRI) married in India wants a divorce, then he/she can do so by filing a petition in India or within the country where both of them are residing. The Indian law provides for this exception of filing a divorce in another country. It says that a petition are often filed within the jurisdiction of the courts of which the parties to the wedding last resided.

Will This Foreign Decree Be Recognized By The Indian Courts?
The Indian courts don’t recognize the decree gone by the foreign courts if the decree so made is inconclusive under Section 13 of the Civil Procedure Code, 1908.[2]
This means that the decree:

Is not pronounced by a Court of competent jurisdiction.
Has not been given on the merits of the case.
Appears on the face of the proceedings to be founded on an incorrect view of law of nations or a refusal to acknowledge the law of India in cases during which such law is applicable.
Was obtained against the principles of natural justice.
Has been obtained by fraud.
Sustains a claim founded on a breach of any law effective in India.
A decree gone by a far off court could also be challenged and declared null and void in an Indian court on the idea of the above conditions.

Can NRIs File Divorce Case In India?

Yes, NRIs can file Divorce cases in India and filing a divorce petition in India is a much smoother and safer route as marriage took place in India.
For purposes of appearance in court proceedings, if one party is unable to come to India, then there are two options which could be granted by Court:

  • A power of attorney can be accorded to any person. This person should preferably be a family member.
  • Proceedings can be initiated via Video-Conferencing.

Does The NRI Have To Stay In India Till The Divorce Is Final?

The answer is NO – It’s not necessary for the couple to stay in India till the case gets over. They can simply execute a Power of Attorney in favour of another person after the presentation of the plaint. However, sometimes in case of Mutual Divorce, it is important to be physically present at the time of final judgement.

Will This Indian Decree Be Recognized By The Foreign Country?

It is important to keep in mind that divorce decrees passed by Indian courts are valid in other countries just like marriages that are registered in India are valid in foreign countries. Basically, no foreign court is going to question if the decree passed by an Indian court on a matter of divorce of a couple married in India is invalid.

The divorce decree needs to be recognized in the foreign country if the couple jointly owns property in that country. Such recognition is gained by filing a petition for recognition in such country in accordance with their laws. This is the last legal requirement for finalizing a divorce in case the divorcing individuals are non-resident Indians.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the numerous benefits of a mutual consent divorce?
  1. A mutual consent divorce removes unnecessary disputes thereby saving plenty of time as well as money for both the spouses.
  1. In addition, decisions pertaining to child custody, maintenance as well as property rights can easily be agreed upon mutually even before the marriage is dissolved.
  1. In a mutual consent divorce, the court simply confirms and legalizes whatever is mutually agreed upon by the couple.
Where can a couple file for a mutual consent divorce?

The couple can file for a mutual divorce in the Family Court of the city where the couple resided together for the last time, i.e. their matrimonial home or where the marriage was solemnized or where the wife is currently residing.

Are divorce laws different for different religions in India?

Yes, just like the marriage laws, divorce laws are also different for different religions in India. For instance,

  • Divorce laws for Hindus including Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists are provided under the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955.
  • Divorce laws for Christians are governed under the Indian Divorce Act, 1869.
  • Divorce laws for Muslims are governed under their personal laws of Divorce and Dissolution of Marriage Act, 1939 and the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Divorce) Act, 1986.
  • Divorce laws for all the inter-religion marriages are governed under a secular law i.e. the Special Marriage Act, 1954.

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