There is a growing trend for Indian women or men to get married to NRIs. The desire to settle in a foreign country for better quality of life inspires Indians to tie knots with NRI brides and grooms. The statistics show that 225 women from metros get married to NRIs every year, and out of this almost 25 are either deserted by husbands or want to end their marriage due to reasons of deception or hiding facts. In light of this it is very important for Indians who get married to NRIs to keep an idea of laws related to NRI divorce.
Most of the Indian females are crazy about getting married to NRIs. Their parents also want to marry off their daughters to foreign based Indians who can provide a better quality of life and home. The parents are ready to churn out any amount of cash for foreign based grooms. They spend huge money in wedding as well as giving dowry to the boy’s family.
The trend of marrying NRIs is very much prevalent in the state of Punjab. National Commission for Women says there are 15,000 women deserted by NRIs in Punjab alone. There are lots of Punjabis settled abroad. The parents of these Punjabi boys and girls insist their children on getting their spouses from India so that a cultural continuity is maintained. In fact the parents of the boys who are settled outside India ask a lot of dowry from the girl’s family, and the family manages to pay any amount for marrying their daughters to NRIs. However, many of such marriages end in divorce. Some common situations that lead to divorce are:
Whatever may be the reason for divorce, a person who has married an NRI should be aware of the basic laws related to NRI divorce.
There are not many laws that protect the interest of Indians married to NRIs. However, due to rise in the number of troubled marriages among Indians and NRIs, the government is initiating non government organizations in India and abroad. These organizations give advice to Indian men and women who are married to NRIs and residing in abroad. They offer counseling, legal advice, and moral support in event of divorce and separation.
Even if the divorce is taking place in abroad it would be good to appoint an attorney who is proficient in dealing with Indian divorce laws related to NRIs.