Marriage law amendment approved by Union Cabinet

Union Cabinet approved the amendments to the marriage law. The Bill is expected to come in the August 2013 Session of Parliament .

 Objective :

  • To enable a married woman to get a share of her husband’s ancestral property as compensation in case of a divorce. As per the bill in case the ancestral property cannot be divided the woman would get adequate compensation by calculating the husband’s share.

The Group of Ministers (GoM) have been asked to take an idea on whether a judge can exercise the judgement in granting divorce if one of the partners don’t move a second joint application for divorce with common consent. The GoM also had discussion over the issue of allowing courts to decide on doing away with the compulsory 6 month waiting period for couples seeking divorce through a joint appeal by common consent.