Section 18 in Indian Divorce Act 1869
Title: Petition for decree of nullity
Any husband or wife may present a petition to the District Court 1 ***, praying that his or her marriage may be declared null and void.
1. The words "or to the High Court" omitted by Act 51 of 2001, s. 14 (w.e.f. 3-10-2001).
Title: Grounds of decree
Such decree may be made on any of the following grounds:---
(1) that the respondent was impotent at the time of the marriage and at the time of the institution of the suit;
(2) that the parties are within the prohibited degree of consanguinity (whether natural or legal) or affinity;
(3) that either party was a lunatic or idiot at the time of the marriage;
(4) that the former husband or wife of either party was living at the time of the marriage, and the marriage with such former husband or wife was then in force.
Nothing in this section shall affect the 1[jurisdiction of the District Court] to make decrees of nullity of marriage on the ground that the consent of either party was obtained by force or fraud.
1. Subs. by s. 15, ibid., for "jurisdiction of the High Court" (w.e.f. 3-10-2001).
[Confirmation of District Judge's decree.]—Omitted by the Indian Divorce (Amendment) Act, 2001 (51 of 2001), s. 16 (w.e.f. 3-10-2001).
Title: Children of annulled marriage
Where a marriage is annulled on the ground that a former husband or wife was living, and it is adjudged that the subsequent marriage was contracted in good faith and with the full belief of the parties that the former husband or wife was dead, or when a marriage is annulled on the ground of insanity, children begotten before the decree is made shall be specified in the decree, and shall be entitled to succeed, in the same manner as legitimate children, to the estate of the parent who at the time of the marriage was competent to contract.
Title: Bar to decree for divorce a mensa et toro; but judicial separation obtainable by husband or wife
No decree shall hereafter be made for a divorce a mensa et toro, but the husband or wife may obtain a decree of judicial separation, on the ground of adultery, or cruelty, or desertion 1 *** for two years or upwards, and such decree shall have the effect of a divorce a mensa et toro under the existing law, and such other legal effect as here in after mentioned
1. The words "without reasonable excuse" omitted by s. 17, ibid. (w.e.f. 3-10-2001).