Stridhan Property is Wife’s Absolute Property

Stridhan property is essentially what is gifted to a woman before marriage, at the time of marriage or at the time of bidding of farewell or thereafter and it is an “absolute property” of a woman. The husband has no control over it and it does not become a joint property of the wife and the husband. But he can use it in times of distress and he has a “moral obligation” to restore the same or its value to his wife, says the Supreme Court (SC) in Maya Gopinath v Anoop S B [2024 INSC 334].

Mutual Consent Divorce u/s 13B of HMA

Mutual Consent Divorce is the quickest form of divorce for an irreparably broken marriage. It is the divorce sought and obtained from the family court by consenting spouses, preferably by filing a joint petition. Divorce is normally sought only when the husband and wife do not want to live together in a matrimonial relation any longer.

Can a Joint/Mutual Will be revoked after One dies?

A Joint will is revocable if the joint Will is a combined Will of two individuals and the survivor has received no benefits from the deceased testator, as inferred from the facts and circumstances surrounding the Will. However, a mutual Will becomes irrevocable on the death of one of the testators if the survivor had received benefits under the mutual Will, and that there is a specific contract prohibiting revocation.

Wife’s right to Claim Maintenance in India

Maintenance refers to the amount payable by a husband to the wife (or wife to husband) who is unable to maintain herself. It can be claimed either during the marriage or after the divorce. The objective of granting maintenance is to ensure that the dependent spouse should not be lead to destitution or vagrancy but it should not be a punishment to the other.