7 Rules for Divorce in India

What Is the 7-Year Rule for Divorce in India?

7 Rules for Divorce in India

As of my last knowledge update in September 2021, there is no specific “7-year rule” for divorce in India. Divorce laws in India are primarily governed by the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, for Hindus, and the Special Marriage Act, 1954, for interfaith marriages, among other personal laws for different religious communities.

Under the Hindu Marriage Act, there are several grounds on which a Hindu marriage can be dissolved, and the time duration of the marriage is not one of them. The most commonly cited grounds for divorce in India include:

  1. Adultery: If one spouse engages in a sexual relationship with someone other than their spouse, it can be a ground for divorce.

  2. Desertion: If one spouse has deserted the other for a continuous period of at least two years, it can be a ground for divorce.

  3. Cruelty: Mental or physical cruelty by one spouse towards the other can be a valid reason for divorce.

  4. Conversion: If one spouse converts to another religion and ceases to be a Hindu, it can be a ground for divorce.

  5. Unsoundness of mind or mental illness: If a spouse has been suffering from a mental disorder that makes it impossible for them to fulfill marital duties for a continuous period of at least two years, it can be a ground for divorce.

  6. Mutual consent: Both spouses can mutually agree to divorce after one year of separation.

Please note that these grounds can vary depending on personal laws applicable to different religious communities in India. Additionally, divorce laws and regulations may have evolved or changed since my last knowledge update in September 2021. It is advisable to consult with a legal expert or check the most recent legal provisions to get accurate and up-to-date information on divorce laws in India.


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If you are contemplating a mutual divorce and seeking resolution for a fresh start, we encourage you to consult with Advocate Maity. Her guidance can help you make informed decisions and move forward in the most efficient and amicable manner possible.

Please note that the content provided here is general in nature and should not be construed as a substitute for professional legal advice tailored to your specific circumstances. To address your unique situation and receive the appropriate legal counsel, it is advisable to schedule a consultation with a qualified attorney.


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