“In absence of any proceedings for restitution of conjugal rights by either party, the court below ought to have granted a decree for judicial separation by way of alternative relief”
“Additionally, the attempted mediation settlement was also violated by the wife, who only wanted to enjoy the monetary benefits arising out of the settlement but never wanted to fulfil her end of the bargain”
“Considering the undisputed status of wife’s residency in Australia, the provisions of Section 19 of the Act would not come to her rescue.”
“It cannot be stated that the allegations attributed to the husband were completely wrong, but the facts would reveal that the allegations were made on account of the abnormal unexplained behaviour of the husband.”
“It is well settled that in the matrimonial house, the wife should not be treated as hired chattel or a bonded labour to stay under the conditions imposed by the husband.”
Kerala High Court regarded the wife’s email to her husband’s employer as “outcry of a desperate wife, to live with her husband, after bringing him back to normalcy”.
With regards to custody of the child, the Calcutta High Court after considering the paramount welfare of the child, held the husband is not fit person for custody.
“In the Indian context where the husband has chosen to be in a joint family with his parents, he cannot be forced to separate from the first day of his marriage merely on the whims of his wife.”
The impugned order held that the fathers of the parties were real brothers and so, the marriage between the parties fell within the meaning of sub-clause (f) of Section 3 of Hindu Marriage Act, which defines the terms of degrees of prohibited relationships.
In view of the wife’s “conduct and dishonesty”, the Court dismissed revision petition filed by the wife seeking to set aside the order of the Sessions Judge setting aside her monetary maintenance and compensation.
“The child has not only been totally alienated, but has also been used as a weapon against the father. Nothing can be more painful for a parent to see the child drifting away and being totally against the father.”
There is no dispute to the legal position that the spouse is liable to maintain the other spouse and children, however, equity shall be maintained only if one is directed to pay interim maintenance to his/her capacity.
“Family Courts must restrict their considerations to the parameters of the provision of grant of divorce strictly in accordance with the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 (‘Act’). Irretrievable breakdown of marriage is not a ground in the Act.”
“The marriage ties which if kept lingering on account of irreconcilable differences and protracted litigation, only bring more cruelty and acrimony.”
“Thus, while looking at acts of mental cruelty, the court must look at the married life as a whole and not merely a few isolated incidents.”
“The parties seeking divorce by mutual consent shall not be compelled to furnish or withdraw their consent for a decree of dissolution of marriage since the key and chief component for such a decree is free and unblemished consent.”
“The concept of maintenance grant was to ensure that the wife and the children of the husband were not left in a state of destitution after the divorce .”
“False allegations of illicit relationship are the ultimate kind of cruelty as it reflects a complete breakdown of trust and faith amongst the spouses without which no matrimonial relationship can survive.”
In the present case, though the wife had made allegation of extra-marital affair against her husband in her written statement, nonetheless, when the husband entered-into the witness box and tendered his affidavit in evidence, he did not whisper even a word in this regard.