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Indian Divorce Act, 1869

[Act No. 4 of Year 1869, dated 26-2-1869] An Act to amend the law relating to Divorce and Matrimonial Causes 1[* * *] WHEREAS it is expedient to amend the law relating to the divorce of persons professing the Christian religion, and to confer upon certain courts jurisdiction in matters matrimonial; it is hereby enacted as follows:-



Section Title
Section- 1 Section-1 Short title, commencement of the Act Chapter 1
Section- 2 Section-2 Extent of Act Chapter 1
Section- 3 Section-3 Interpretation clause Chapter 1
Section- 4 Section-4 Matrimonial jurisdiction of High Courts to be exercised subject to Act- Exception Chapter 1
Section- 5 Section-5 Enforcement of decrees or orders made heretofore by Supreme Court or High Court Chapter 1
Section- 6 Section-6 Pending suits Chapter 1
Section- 7 Section-7 Court to act on principles of English Divorce Court Chapter 1
Section- 8 Section-8 Extraordinary jurisdiction of High Court Chapter 1
Section- 9 Section-9 Reference to High Court Chapter 1
Section- 10 Section-10 When husband may petition for dissolution Chapter 1
Section- 11 Section-11 Adulterer to be co-respondent Chapter 1
Section- 12 Section-12 Court to be satisfied of absence of collusion Chapter 1
Section- 13 Section-13 Dismissal of petition Chapter 1
Section- 14 Section-14 Power to court to pronounce decree for dissolving marriage Chapter 1
Section- 15 Section-15 Relief in case of opposition on certain grounds Chapter 1
Section- 16 Section-16 Decrees for dissolution to be nisi Chapter 1
Section- 17 Section-17 Confirmation of decree for dissolution by District Judge Chapter 1
Section- 17A Section-17A Appointment of officer to exercise duties of King's Proctor Chapter 1
Section- 18 Section-18 Petition for decree of nullity Chapter 1
Section- 19 Section-19 Grounds of decree Chapter 1
Section- 20 Section-20 Confirmation of District Judge's decree Chapter 1
Section- 21 Section-21 Children of annulled marriage Chapter 1
Section- 22 Section-22 Bar to decree for divorce a mensa et toro but judicial separation obtainable by husband or wife Chapter 1
Section- 23 Section-23 Application for separation made by petition Chapter 1
Section- 24 Section-24 Separated wife deemed spinster with respect to after- acquired property Chapter 1
Section- 25 Section-25 Separated wife deemed spinster for purposes of contract and suing Chapter 1
Section- 26 Section-26 Decree of separation obtained during absence of husband or wife may be reversed Chapter 1
Section- 27 Section-27 Deserted wife may apply to court for protection Chapter 1
Section- 28 Section-28 Court may grant protection order Chapter 1
Section- 29 Section-29 Discharge or variation of orders Chapter 1
Section- 30 Section-30 Liability of husband seizing wife's property after notice of order Chapter 1
Section- 31 Section-31 Wife's legal position during continuance of order Chapter 1
Section- 32 Section-32 Petition for restitution of conjugal rights Chapter 1
Section- 33 Section-33 Answer to petition Chapter 1
Section- 34 Section-34 Husband may claim damages from adulterer Chapter 1
Section- 35 Section-35 Power to order adulterer to pay costs Chapter 1
Section- 36 Section-36 Alimony pendente lite Chapter 1
Section- 37 Section-37 Power to order permanent alimony Chapter 1
Section- 38 Section-38 Court may direct payment of alimony to wife or to her trustee Chapter 1
Section- 39 Section-39 Power to order settlement of wife's property for benefit of husband and children Chapter 1
Section- 40 Section-40 Inquiry into existence of ante-nuptial or post-nuptial settlements Chapter 1
Section- 41 Section-41 Power to make orders as to custody of children in suits for separation Chapter 1
Section- 42 Section-42 Power to make such orders after decree Chapter 1
Section- 43 Section-43 Power to make orders as to custody of children in suits for dissolution or nullity Chapter 1
Section- 44 Section-44 Power to make such orders after decree or confirmation Chapter 1
Section- 45 Section-45 Code of Civil Procedure to apply Chapter 1
Section- 46 Section-46 Forms of petitions and statements Chapter 1
Section- 47 Section-47 Stamp on petition-Petition to state absence of collusion Chapter 1
Section- 48 Section-48 Suits on behalf of lunatics Chapter 1
Section- 49 Section-49 Suits by minors Chapter 1
Section- 50 Section-50 Service of petition Chapter 1
Section- 51 Section-51 Mode of taking evidence Chapter 1
Section- 52 Section-52 Competence of husband and wife to give evidence as to cruelty or desertion Chapter 1
Section- 53 Section-53 Power to close doors Chapter 1
Section- 54 Section-54 Power to adjourn Chapter 1
Section- 55 Section-55 Enforcement of, and appeal from, orders and decrees Chapter 1
Section- 56 Section-56 Appeal to the Supreme Court Chapter 1
Section- 57 Section-57 Liberty to parties to marry again Chapter 1
Section- 58 Section-58 English clergyman not compelled to solemnize marriages of persons divorced for adultery Chapter 1
Section- 59 Section-59 English Minister refusing to perform ceremony to permit use of his Church Chapter 1
Section- 60 Section-60 Decree for separation or protection- order valid as to persons dealing with wife before reversal Chapter 1
Section- 61 Section-61 Bar of suit for criminal conversation Chapter 1
Section- 62 Section-62 Power to make rules Chapter 1
Section- NO. 1-PETITION BY HUSBAND FOR A DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE WITH DAMAGES AGAINST CO-RESPONDENT, BY REASON OF ADULTERY Chapter 1
Section- NO.2-RESPONDENT'S STATEMENT IN ANSWER TO NO. 1 Chapter 1
Section- NO. 3-CO-RESPONDENT'S STATEMENT IN ANSWER TO NO. 1 Chapter 1
Section- NO. 4-PETITION FOR DECREE OF NULLITY OF MARRIAGE Chapter 1
Section- NO. 5-PETITION BY WIFE FOR JUDICIAL SEPARATION ON THE GROUND OF HER HUSBAND'S ADULTERY Chapter 1
Section- NO.6-STATEMENT IN ANSWER TO NO. 5 Chapter 1
Section- NO. 7-STATEMENT IN REPLY TO NO. 6 Chapter 1
Section- NO. 8-PETITION FOR A JUDICIAL SEPARATION BY REASON OF CRUELTY Chapter 1
Section- NO. 9-STATEMENT IN ANSWER TO NO. 8 Chapter 1
Section- NO. 10-PETITION FOR REVERSAL OF DECREE OF SEPARATION Chapter 1
Section- NO.11-PETITION FOR PROTECTION ORDER Chapter 1
Section- NO.12-PETITION FOR ALIMONY PENDING THE SUIT Chapter 1
Section- NO. 13-STATEMENT IN ANSWER TO NO. 12 Chapter 1
Section- NO. 14-UNDERTAKING BY MINOR'S NEXT FRIEND TO BE ANSWERABLE FOR RESPONDENT'S COSTS Chapter 1

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