Indian judge complains of spiralling divorce rate

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A family judge in the central Indian city of Vijayawada has complained of spiralling divorce rates.

The so-called Additional Family Court in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, sees an average of 10 to 15 new applications for divorce or legal separation every single day. Meanwhile the city’s Principal Family Court currently more than 500 pending divorce cases among Hindu couples, The New Indian Express reports, along with 89 Christian divorce cases and seven Muslim. There were also 325 cases in progress relating to spousal and child maintenance.

Most of the applications are filed by people aged between 28 and 35 years.

Justice A Parthasarathy of the Principal Family Court told the Express that social attitudes were changing and younger people were now less willing to work at their marriages:

“Over the years, there has been an alarming increase in the number of couples seeking a divorce. Earlier there used to be a stigma and this would lead to compromise and adjustments in relations. But nowadays, the stigma has disappeared and people are walking in every day and seeking for divorce and separation.”

The authorities try to encourage spouses at loggerheads to resolve their differences, he added.

“Through the mediation centres… we counsel them, listen to them and then give them time to rethink their decision. In fact this process really works better than any counselling and it has yielded good results.”

Photo of by Prakasam Barrage, Vijayawada, by Hari Krishna via Wikipedia under a Creative Commons licence

Stowe Family Law Web Team

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