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What does Divorce by Mutual Consent Mean?

Divorce by Mutual Consent implies when both Husband and spouse has concurred amicably among themselves that they cannot live respectively any longer and that the best arrangement is to Divorce, without advancing any claims against each other, in the court of law, than such a Divorce petition displayed together under the steady gaze of the decently court, is known as mutual consent Divorce, it is the quickest type of divorce in India.

A. Conventions to be complied with

Under this section a decree for disintegration of marriage solemnized under this Act can be passed by a District Court on compliance with the accompanying conventions:

A petition is to be introduced together by the gatherings to the marriage.

The gatherings have been living independently for a period at least one year. It is far fetched whether it was expected by the lawmakers that the gatherings have lived independently by mutual consent or by force of circumstances or circumstance.

Yet, it doesn’t appear to be necessary for the court to go into that issue gave the condition of discrete living under a similar top of marital home or in independent residence by the gatherings is fulfilled. Except if the consent of any of the gatherings to such petition is vitiated by coercion, extortion or undue influence, the court should not go past the statutory condition of its jurisdiction.

The gatherings have fizzled under any conditions to live respectively. At the end of the day, no reconciliation or change is conceivable between them.

The gatherings have unreservedly consented to the understanding of disintegration of marriage.

The gatherings are at freedom to pull back the petition. It appears that the petition might be pulled back even at the instance of one gathering in course of a half year from the date of introduction of the petition. Yet, when a joint movement is taken by the gatherings after the pass of a half year yet before the expiry of eighteen months from the date of introduction of the petition for making request, the one-sided right of a gathering to pull back the petition gives off an impression of being banished. In any case, in Sureshta Devi v Om Prakash it hosts been held that a gathering to a petition for divorce by mutual consent can singularly pull back their consent.

The court must be fulfilled with regards to the averments in the petition in the wake of making request and in the wake of hearing the gatherings which are started by a joint movement of the expiry of a half year from introduction of the petition. The articulation in the wake of hearing the gatherings showing up in sub-section (2) of section 28 of the Act doesn’t require the presence of the gatherings under the steady gaze of the court. Sworn statement evidence is sufficient for this reason by ideals of section 40 of the Act which attracts the ­ Code of Civil Procedure 1908 and which gives all together 19 to verification of any point by affirmations.

B. Bid and amendment.

The viability of request however open to address, request is available to modification either under s.115 of the Code of Civil Procedure or under Art. 227

of the Constitution of India.

C. Ground of divorce by mutual consent

The ground of divorce by mutual consent is to be found in s. 28 of the Special Marriage Act 1954, and in s. 13B of the HMA. The Hon’ble court cannot peruse that ground under s. 10 of the Divorce Act 1869, by receiving a policy of social building.

D. Reconciliation necessary

Regardless of whether disintegration of marriage by mutual consent is looked for by a joint petition of the spouse and the wife still it is incumbent on the court to comply with the obligatory arrangements of s. 34(2) of the Act to make endeavor for reconciliation between the gatherings.

Can Mutual Consent be Withdrawal

Before a decree for mutual consent is passed, the inquiry emerges whether the gathering can pull back its consent or not. On occasion, the inquiry has likewise come under the watchful eye of the Court and there was a conflict of conclusions on the point whether the gatherings to divorce can pull back its consent singularly. The Bombay High Court in Jayashree Ramesh Londhe v. Ramesh Bikaje Londhe. communicated the view that crucial time for the consent for divorce under section 13B was the point at which the petition was recorded.

On the off chance that the consent was deliberately given, it would not be feasible for any gathering to invalidate petition by pulling back the consent. The Court took the help from Order 22, rule 1 of the Code of Civil Procedure which gives that if a suit is recorded mutually by at least one offended parties, such a suit or a piece of a claim cannot be relinquished or pulled back by one of the offended parties to the suits. The comparative view was embraced by High Court of Delhi in Chander Kanta v. Hans Kumar. furthermore, Madhya Pradesh High Court in Meena Dutta v. Anirudh Dutta.

List of Documents required for Mutual Divorce are listed below:

  1. Husband’s Address Proof (Aadhaar Card/Driving License/Passport/Electricity Bill)
  2. Wife’s Address Proof (Aadhaar Card/Driving License/Passport/Electricity Bill)
  3. Marriage Certificate (This is required to establish that the couple were legally Married as par law)
  4. Profession of husband and wife
  5. Marriage Photograph
  6. Wedding card
  7. Self declaration of Husband and wife stating both living separately for more than One year
  8. Self declaration of Husband and wife stating attempts of reconciliation have FAILED.
  9. Details of property and assets of the parties and Income tax statements ( are required only when there is an issue of monetary exchanges else Not required to be presented to court)
  10. From time to time law is update by legislation and Supreme court Judgments hence certain other requirements may be added to the list in coming times.

Mutual Consent Divorce between Hindu Couple

  1. Mutual Consent Divorce between Hindu Couple is governed by The Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, under Section l3B.
    Which states that.- A petition for dissolution of marriage by a decree of divorce may be presented to the District Court by both the parties to a marriage together, on the ground that they have been living separately for a period of one year or more, that they have not been able to live together and that they have mutually agreed that the marriage should be dissolved.

    Secondly on the motion of both the parties made not earlier than six months after the date of the presentation of the petition referred to in sub-section (1) and not later than 18 months after the said date, if the petition is not withdrawn in the meantime, the court shall on being satisfied, after hearing the parties and after making such inquiry as it thinks fit, that a marriage has been solemnized and that the averments in the petition are true, pass a decree of divorce declaring the marriage to be dissolved with effect from the date of decree.

Mutual Consent Divorce in case of Court Marriage

  1. Mutual Consent Divorce in case of Court marriage is governed by The Special Marriage Act, 1954 under Section 28.
    Which states that.- A petition for divorce may be presented to the District Court by both the parties together on the ground that they have been living separately for a period of one year or more, that they have not been able to live together and that they have mutually agreed that the marriage should be dissolved.

    Secondly on the motion of both the parties made not earlier than six months after the date of the presentation of the petition referred to it in sub-section (1) and not later than 18 months after the said date, if the petition is not withdrawn in the meantime, the District Court shall, on being satisfied, after hearing the parties and after making such inquiry as it thinks fit, that a marriage has been solemnised under this Act, and that the averments in the petition are true, pass a decree declaring the marriage to be dissolved with effect from the date of the decree.

Here are the list facts to be mutually agreed upon in the petition for Divorce by Mutual Consent:

    1. Firstly: Custody of child;
    2. Secondly: Alimony (lump sum maintenance to be decided between parties);
    3. Thirdly: Returns of items (dowry, streedhan, etc); and
    4. Fourthly: Litigation expenses.

    The mutual consent divorce petition should also contain a joint statement by both the partners, that due to their irreconcilable differences, they can no longer stay together and should be granted a divorce.

    The court will pass a decree of divorce declaring the marriage of the parties before it to be dissolved with effect from the date of the decree, if the following conditions are met:

    • A second motion of both the parties is made not before 6 months from the date of filing of the petition as required under sub-section (1) and not later than 18 months;
    • After hearing the parties and making such inquiry as it thinks fit, the court is satisfied that the averments in the petition are true; and
    • The petition is not withdrawn by either party at any time before passing the decree.

    If the second motion is not made within the period of 18 months, then the court is not bound to pass a decree of divorce by mutual consent. Besides, from the language of the section, as well as the settled law, it is clear that one of the parties may withdraw their consent at any time before the passing of the decree. The most important requirement for a grant of divorce by mutual consent is free consent of both the parties. In other words, unless there is a complete agreement between husband and wife for the dissolution of the marriage and unless the court is completely satisfied, it cannot grant a decree for divorce by mutual consent.

    In a mutual consent divorce petition, the marriage between the parties cannot be dissolved only on the averments made by one of the parties that as the marriage between them has broken down, that means Both parties have to agree to Divorce.

FAQ

It means both of the parties( husband and wife) are willing and agreeing to get separated.
It varies somewhere between 25 thousand to 60 thousand case to case basis.
The time required varies between 6 months to 1 year from the date of filing of the petition, depending on the case and in which court you are filing the petition.
There are 6 steps altogether – Drafting and petition, Court Summons, Response, Trial at court, Argument, Final Order.
After 1 year from the date of marriage. Also, Partners should be staying separate at least for a year after marriage befor filing a divorce petition.
You can remarry after three months from the date of decision issued by respective court.

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