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Christian Divorce Law & Procedure in Pakistan

Christian Divorce Law & Procedure in Pakistan

Christian Divorce Law

The Christian Marriage Act 1872, the Christian Divorce Act 1869, and the Succession Act 1925 govern Christian marital disputes. In the combined Indian subcontinent, Christian divorce law was introduced by the British Government in 1869 which applies to all denominations of Christianity. That was an opportunity for Pakistani Christians to take advantage of progressive changes to British divorce and marriage laws. According to the Act, there are three ways to file for divorce. That is:

Dissolution of a Christian Marriage

Family laws in Pakistan, which are also applicable to Christians, are nearly 200 years old. Christians also have the option of filing a nullity petition to have the marriage declared null & void, as part of the Christian divorce procedure in Pakistan. Additionally, nullity petitions are limited in scope, and the grounds for filing them are limited. In Pakistan, nullity petitions can be brought on grounds of marriage between prohibited degrees, impotency, lunacy, and insanity at the time of the marriage. In Pakistan, the wife can also file a judicial separation case & the husband can contest the divorce & nullity petitions in the family court. A Christian court must hear both parties if there is a dispute between the husband and wife during the divorce procedure. The law allows Christian couples to divorce on four grounds:

  • Adultery
  • Conversion
  • Bigamy/Polygamy
  • Cruelty

As per section 10 of the Christian Divorce Act 1869, a husband can file for divorce if he believes his wife committed adultery, while a woman must prove that her husband committed adultery with cruelty.

Annulment of Christian Marriage

Other options open to Christians include filing for annulment, which means annulment of the marriage relationship. Additionally, a revoked application has a limited scope, and you will find a few reasons for filing it.

The reasons for the revoked application in Pakistan are:

  • Marriage between forbidden degrees
  • Impotence
  • Madness / Insanity
  • Idiocy or stupidity at the time of marriage

Judicial Separation

A judicial separation may also be filed by the wife, while the husband has the right to contest the divorce and nullity petition at the same time. In cases where both parties are contesting the case, the court has a duty to listen to both sides.

Expert Christian Divorce & Family Lawyers in Karachi and Islamabad

A Christian couple in Pakistan who wishes to divorce must first hire a Christian divorce lawyer in Karachi to conduct a Christian divorce proceeding. In addition to being an expert in Christian divorce procedures. Our Christian Divorce and Family Lawyers in Karachi and Islamabad, Mr. Amin Bhatti and Mr. Asif Michael have handled hundreds of Christian divorce cases in Karachi and Islamabad. In Pakistan, not all lawyers are knowledgeable enough to understand Christian divorce procedures. Right Law Associates (Pvt) Limited (Karachi & Islamabad) are the best Christian Divorce and Family Law Experts through whom you can have your family matters and divorce cases done. As there are a lot of technicalities involved in the Christian divorce and other conjugal matters, including child custody and other related legal matters. Thus, only a competent senior Christian divorce law expert knows the standard of evidence required in the procedure of divorce in Christianity to establish the case beyond all reasonable doubts. 

We highly recommend you contact us if you wish to file or contest any case related to Christian divorce in Pakistan, Nullity/Annulment petition, separation, or protection order. Our team of top divorce lawyers in Karachi and Islamabad will see that your divorce and other legal issues are resolved in the quickest time possible. 

Since 1985, our firm has represented clients in a variety of legal matters, including property law, civil litigation, criminal law, and family law. Should you have any questions, you may contact us at 0331-6644789 or info@divorce.com.pk