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What is mutual divorce?

Submitted by asandil on Fri, 03/28/2014 - 12:00

What is mutual divorce?

Seeking a divorce in India is a long-drawn legal affair but the time and money required to obtain a divorce can considerably be shortened if the couple seeks divorce by mutual consent. In mutual divorce, estranged spouses can mutually agree to a settlement and file for a “no-fault divorce” under Section 13B of the Hindu Marriage Act 1955.

All marriages which have been solemnized before or after the Marriage Laws (Amendment) Act 1976 are entitled to make use of the provision of divorce by mutual consent. However, for filing for a divorce on this ground, it is necessary for the husband and wife to have lived separately for at least a year.