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Technology helps Pune Family Court grant Divorce: Wife allowed to participate via Skype

May,2,2017:

The couple had filed their divorce petition by mutual consent.

Divorce via Skype
Divorce via Skype

 

For the 1st time in history of civil court family matter hearings, a couple sought their divorce on Skype, an online calling facility.

On Saturday, the applicant husband came from Singapore to present his side to the court, while the wife couldn’t come from London due to some personal commitments.

The Pune Court took this opportunity to do something never done before— they allowed her to present her side via Skype.

Couple had filed their divorce petition by mutual consent under the Section 13B of the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 on 12th August 2016.

The couple studied in the same college, where they fell in love. They got married on 9th May 2015, in Amravati.

They soon shifted to Pune and began working at 2 different companies. Just 1 month later, both got opportunity to work abroad. The husband was selected for a job in Singapore, whereas the wife in London. While he took the job in Singapore, she stayed back. She really wanted to fly abroad, but her “marriage was hindering her career”.

They decided to separate & filed a petition for divorce by mutual consent last year along with an affidavit from their parents.

After filing the petition for divorce, the wife moved to London. The terms & conditions of her new job didn’t let her physically appear before the court for the hearing.

This has become the 1st case where the divorce decree under Section 13 B has been granted through video conferencing.

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