Chennai: In a relief for couples seeking divorce but not willing to divulge the reasons for it, the Madras High Court has said that courts should not insist on knowing the reason before allowing the judicial separation.
The High Court observed that if a couple has mutually agreed to separate and seek divorce, then courts have no business to deny them judicial separation for the want of reason.
As per The Times of India, a division of Justice KK Sasidharan and Justice N Gokulraj said that the courts should not be acting as fact-finding authorities.
"In case the marriage is a failure and the parties wanted to put an end to the marital bind, the court should respect the sentiments and grant divorce. It is not the intention of the legislature to deny divorce in spite of the parties taking a conscious decision to part ways."
The HC bench made the remark with regard to a Tirunelveli family court decision to deny divorce to a couple which had been living separately for more than a year.
"Once it is convinced that it would not be possible for the parties to live together and that they have opted to dissolve the marriage peacefully, the endeavour of the court must be to grant a decree of divorce rather than compelling them to live separately even thereafter," the HC bench observed.
The family court had dismissed the couple's joint divorce plea on the ground that they had failed to divulge the reasons for their separation.
The HC disapproved of the family court order and set it aside while granting decree of divorce to the couple.
"In case the parties have been living separately for one year before the initiation of the joint petition for divorce and that there is no scope for reunion, normally, the court has no other option than to grant the degree of divorce," the judges said.
"It is not for the court to probe into such reasons and decide as to whether parties were justified in living separately," the added.