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Divorce laws in India apply according to the religion of the couple. Each of the main religions in India has its own divorce law. In addition, India has a specific law applying to couples of different cast or religion.


The main divorce law that applies to couples of the Hindu religion is The Hindu Marriage Act, 1955. Absent of a specific law that applies to them, this act also applies to Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists.


The main divorce law that applies to couples of the Muslim religion is The Dissolution of Muslim Marriages Act, 1939. The main law for Christian couples is The Indian Divorce Act, 1869, and the main law for Parsis is The Parsi Marriage and Divorce Act, 1936.

 

For couples of different cast or religion applies The Special Marriage Act, 1954.