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MUMBAI: A pair, each jetsetting professionals of their 40s, just lately obtained a divorce by way of mutual consent with out putting a foot within the household court docket in Bandra. They weren’t in India once they filed for divorce, and when it was granted, the husband was stranded in Bali on a vacationer visa and the spouse in Dubai, the place she works.
Next March they’d have been a married couple for 20 years, however three years in the past they started residing individually, citing irreconcilable variations. During the Covid-19 pandemic and resultant lockdown, they determined to get shifting on the dissolution of their marital ties.
The husband had been overseas on a two-month vacationer visa. The visa was prolonged for over 10 months as a result of pandemic flight restrictions and unprecedented contingency.
The Indian Consulate first rejected the husband’s utility to attest his paperwork, however later, after a number of escalations, it performed a task in even aiding the digital dissolution.
The authorities in Bali made an exception and allowed him to attest his divorce petition and energy of lawyer paperwork to allow his lawyer within the metropolis to file their petition in December final 12 months.
Last month, they underwent digital counselling and appeared earlier than the court docket by way of video-conferencing to verify their consent. Their lawyer Pipli Datta even sought and obtained them a waiver of the six month cooling off interval after their joint petition was filed final December. She stated they complied with the factors laid down by the Supreme Court.
Since the couple have been separated for over two years and 7 months, the ready interval of six months in circumstances of mutual consent divorce petitions would “only prolong their agony’”. Datta stated the consulate might not be capable to attest the husband’s paperwork as soon as once more for the ultimate listening to six months later and, citing the brand new pressure of the virus now spreading, she had stated that until the cooling off interval was waived the case can be left within the lurch.
The household court docket waived the statutory six months and on its second listening to date declared them divorced, stated the decree launched a couple of days in the past.


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