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NRI Divorce

There is a growing trend among Indian men and women to get married to NRIs. The desire to settle in a foreign country for better quality of life inspires Indians to tie knots with NRI brides and grooms. The statistics show that 225 women from metros get married to NRIs every year, and out of this almost 25 are either deserted by husbands or want to end their marriage due to reasons of deception or hiding facts. In light of this it is very important for Indians who get married to NRIs to be aware of laws related to NRI divorce.

Most of the Indian females are crazy about getting married to NRIs. Their parents also want to marry off their daughters to foreign based Indians who can provide a better quality of life and home. The parents are ready to churn out any amount of cash for foreign based grooms. They spend huge money in wedding as well as giving dowry to the boy’s family.

However, many of such marriages end in divorce. Some common situations that lead to NRI divorce are:

·         The NRI spouse already has another spouse, and in some cases children also, settled with him abroad. In most of the cases the groom does not take the bride with him leaving her behind with parents. But when the reality is disclosed the girl’s family seeks divorce for their daughter.

·         The NRI spouses inflate their possessions in the foreign country - home, vehicle, high paying job, but actually might not be in a position to support a family after marriage.

·         The lifestyle of the NRI spouse is too much advanced for the Indian spouse to keep pace with him or her. The NRI spouse feels that he or she is not suitable as a partner and seeks divorce on the grounds of incompatibility.

A person who has married an NRI, seeking divorce should be aware of the basic laws related to NRI divorce.

·         If both the spouses are Indians and have been married under Hindu marriage Act, 1955 then they can seek divorce with mutual consent under section 13-B that provides for divorce by mutual consent.

·         If both the spouses are residing in USA, or any other foreign country, then they can seek divorce by mutual consent under the country’s divorce laws related to foreign marriages. The Indian legal system will recognize the divorce only if it is with the consent of both the parties.

There are not many laws that protect the interest of Indians married to NRIs. However, due to rise in the number of troubled marriages among Indians and NRIs, the government is initiating non- government organizations in India and abroad which can guide Indian men and women who are married to NRIs and residing abroad. They offer counseling, legal advice, and moral support in the event of divorce and separation. Even if the divorce is taking place abroad, it would be good to appoint an attorney who is proficient in dealing with Indian divorce laws related to NRIs.



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