Date:July 3, 2022
Grounds of mutual divorce in Christian law – Section 10A of Divorce Act 1869
Section 10A of Divorce Act 1869 provides following grounds on which a petition for dissolution of marriage can be presented in court:
(1) Both husband and wife has been living separately for a period two year or more, and
(2) They have not been able to live together, and
(3) They have mutually agreed that the marriage should be dissolved.
The above are the explicit conditions which are provided under Section 10A of Divorce Act 1869. All the above grounds are mandatory before a petition for dissolution of marriage is present in court.
If any of the above grounds are missing from the petition for dissolution of marriage, the Court may reject such petition.
Besides the grounds provided in Section 10A of Divorce Act 1869, there are some other conditions. These conditions court may weigh before granting decree of divorce by mutual consent. These are:
(1) Marriage is solemnised as per the Christian laws / customs.
(2) Parties to marriage i.e. husband and wife must have settled all their dispute or differences, if any
They must have entered in full and final understanding. Nothing should be left, which may be a reason of future contentions or litigation between the parties to marriage.
If any permanent alimony is to be given, the wife must have received all amount of alimony, or if the alimony is to be given in future dates or monthly the husband and wife must have entered into a written understanding in that respect.
(3) If Parties to marriage i.e. husband and wife has any child, they must have entered into an understanding as to how child to be raised. There must be a clear understanding of custody and finance of child education to be met.
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