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Past articles by Vandana:

Why Don’t Companies Prioritise Prevention Of Sexual Harassment At Workplace?

People want to believe it doesn’t really exist. → Read More

Triple Talaq Is Banned, But What Happens To Salma, Shaheen and Sajjida Now?

The socio-legal parameters of Muslim divorces in India, are now set to change. → Read More

A Divorce Case Can Feel Like A Living Entity.

Dragged endlessly in court, it impacts our emotional, physical, and spiritual health. → Read More

How Aunties And Uncles Help Make And Break Marriages In India

Treat their advice, comments, recommendations, opinions and “guidance” with caution. → Read More

6 Lessons From My House Help For Every Woman In A Bad Marriage

She took control of her life. → Read More

The Key To A Smooth Divorce: Accept That The Marriage Is O-V-E-R

Why are we so invested in hurting someone we are breaking ties with? → Read More

A Dad Who Pays Can Stay In His Child's Life

A father paying maintenance towards his child is entitled to visitation rights: Delhi HC → Read More

The Hide And Seek Of Divorce

What makes Indian men so stingy with their assets? → Read More

Refusing To Pay Maintenance To A Well-Earning Wife Is Not Economic Abuse

An interesting case has been referred to me, where both the husband and wife have corporate jobs and are drawing a salary of around ₹10 lakh per month. Nitesh* is a chartered accountant and Renuka is... → Read More

A Divorce Can Last Longer Than A Marriage In India

Last week, a silver Mercedes parked outside my gate, blocking the entry to my house. When I asked the driver of the car to move the vehicle, he was not only unapologetic but belligerent. Instead of mo... → Read More

The Supreme Court Says Adultery Is Not Cruelty, But Is It Worth It?

Extramarital affairs can leave a trail of tragedy and destruction. → Read More

Making The Right Choice Between Divorce And Judicial Separation

The stigma around the "d-word" in India is so high that quite often, couples live separately but don't divorce. While some carry on informally with such an arrangement, others take the help of the court and explore the possibility of a "judicial separation" rather than a divorce. According to Section 10 of the Hindu Marriage Act, in a judicial separation may be applied for > "n any of the… → Read More

We Could've Had An Amicable Parting From Our ₹500s and ₹1,000s Instead Of A Forced Divorce

I've often had queries saying, "I have been forced to divorce my spouse... I didn't want this. Now I'm in a terrible situation." The demonetisation of ₹500 and ₹1000 notes makes me feel much the same way. While the move to combat black money has earned much applause, the shoddy implementation has been a cause of alarm to most of us. Legally speaking, the rollout of demonetisation has trampled… → Read More

15 Things To Expect From Your Lawyer (Other Than A Bill)

Recently, an interesting case came to me. The wife, Paromita* had been fighting a bitterly contested divorce with her husband Sushant for the past 4.5 years. They were grappling with multiple i ues re... → Read More

How Brangelina Shook The Myth Of The Perfect Marriage

The splitting of Brangelina into just plain old Brad and Angelina has sent the tabloids into overdrive and fans into a meltdown. Weren't they the perfect couple, what with their perfect looks, perfect... → Read More

Dear Santa, Can I Have A Divorce For Christmas?

What strikes me as noticeably different this year is the number of legal enquiries that I've had about divorce around Christmas. In fact I ended up pacifying clients even on Christmas Day, along with wishing them holiday cheer. Picture this: "Merry Christmas and, yes, don't worry I'll send your spouse the legal notice for initiating divorce proceedings." Not a very happy scene, this one. → Read More

Club Memberships And Divorce: Can You Belong When You're Leaving?

My divorce case was initiated about 10 years ago and my spouse was (and is) a member of Khar Gymkhana Club. He was a primary member and as his wife I became a secondary member. When things started souring between us I started going more often to the club to use the gym and library. While this was going on, my spouse sent a letter to the club asking them to bar me from using the facilities. → Read More

Here's Why Contempt Of Court Laws Are Important

Contempt in simplistic terms means defiance or willful disobedience of the authority, justice and dignity of the court. Contempt of court is an extremely useful and powerful tool and can be brought against the parties to the matter, lawyers, court officers and witnesses. It may also be applied to those protesting against a court order or judgement outside the courtroom. → Read More

Pre-Nups Could Make Divorce Smoother And Marriages Stronger, But Is India Ready?

Can you imagine the families of the "boy and girl" meeting over cups of tea to discuss flower arrangements and the wedding menu along with who gets what in the event of a divorce? It's seems like a pretty impossible scenario in a country where divorce is highly stigmatised and where most people shudder at the very mention of the word. → Read More

The Legal Power Of The 'Seven Steps' And Other Wedding Rituals

About a year ago, I encountered a very interesting case in my support group. Sumitra and Haresh were married in Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, in accordance with the local customs of their village. But four years later, Haresh, who was then living in Mumbai, decided to leave his wife, telling her that the marriage in the village was not legal. Sumitra was devastated as she thought she had been living… → Read More