“They say marriages are made in heaven. But so is thunder and lightening.” — Clint Eastwood
At times, despite our best efforts, life takes a turn for the worst. We may have wanted different things from life, but life’s got its own plan as well. A bad marriage is something which nobody hopes for, but at times, that’s exactly what we are given and forced to face head on.
The Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 provides for 2 ways to obtain divorce from your spouse:
- Contested Divorce under Section 13 of the Act
- Mutual Consent Divorce under Section 13-B of the Act
I’ve already talked about Procedure for Mutual Consent Divorce in one of my earlier articles. Today I shall talk about Procedure for Contested Divorce as per Hindu Marriage Act in India.
Of course, the easiest way to obtain a Divorce is by Mutual Consent of the husband and wife. However, at times, the circumstances are not that easy, the situations are not that easy, and the other spouse itself may not be easy to handle as well. In that case, the only option left is to apply for a Contested Divorce under the Hindu Marriage Act.
A spouse cannot file for Contested Divorce citing any reason it thinks is good enough to legally separate from his/her partner. There are specific grounds laid down under the Hindu Marriage Act, and only under these grounds can a Contested Divorce be filed in Court. Continue reading