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Wife pays for divorce

AHMEDABAD: In this case of matrimonial dispute, the wife had to pay alimony to her husband.

Sapna and Hitendra Chauhan resolved the dispute of their divorce in an out-of-court settlement on Wednesday, when Sapna’s family paid Rs 1.71 lakh to Chauhan, who assured his in-laws that he would give his consent to divorce petition in a family court.

The couple got married in December 2008, and Chavda went to stay with his in-laws in Dholka town. Chavda works as a clerk with Railways in the city, and Sapna is a teacher at Nani Boru village near Dholka. After some time of marriage, the husband left his in-laws and started living separately with the complaint that he was unnecessarily harassed by her in-laws.

On the other hand, Sapna filed an application under section 125 of CrPC demanding maintenance from the husband. According to Chauhan’s counsel, the wife did not disclose in her affidavit that she was employed as a full-time teacher in a government school. After hearing both the parties, a magisterial court in Mirzapur campus passed an interim order asking the husband to pay maintenance amount of Rs 2,000 every month for their 12-month old daughter only.

When the differences went beyond possible compromise, Chauhan proposed to separate by taking divorce decree from court. However, Sapna was reluctant. Finally, they arrived at a compromise that the wife would pay an amount to get divorce from the husband.

“The girl’s family desperately wanted divorce and paid an amount to the husband on condition that he would give his consent in the divorce petition in a family court,” said Sapna’s advocate, Shaukat Ali Saiyed.



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