Spurt in divorce cases in family courts

Spurt in divorce  cases in family courts
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Spurt in divorce cases in family courts. 893 divorce cases registered from Jan 2013 to Feb 2014 at the Secunderabad family court.

Problem more among IT professionals

893 divorce cases registered from Jan 2013 to Feb 2014 at the Secunderabad family court

Five years ago, the numbers ranged from 300 to 400

Most of the cases are filed by software employees

Psychologists cite financial independence and corporate stress for the increase in the number of cases

Courts work on holidays too due to increase in the number of cases

Nearly 1000 divorce cases are being filed in a year in each of the three family courts in the city. Among them, the number of cases in Secunderabad has doubled. The court, which used to handle 300-400 cases in a year about five years ago, is now handling close to 900-1,000 cases. Between January 2013 and February 2014, some 893 cases were filed while close to 800 cases were filed in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Advocates cite software professionals, who are financially and emotionally independent, for the increase in the number of dissolution of marriages.
T V Ramana, senior advocate at the family court in Secunderabad, said, “There is a phenomenal increase in the dissolution of marriages in the city. As a result, second Saturday and second Sunday have now become working days at the courts. On an average it nearly takes a year-and-a-half to solve a case, owing to various reasons. One major reason for the delay is the piling up of cases.”
“Earlier, when the couple had differences of opinion, the elders used to guide, advise and counsel them. They used to sort out the issue and bounce back to normal, but now the case is not the same. The youngsters are now independent, opinionated and rigid about their decisions. They don’t want to listen to their elders and well-wishers. They mostly take decisions in haste, stick to it and then apply for divorce. There is not just a generation gap among today’s youngsters, but a big gap in the perception of marriage,” he added.
N Radhika Acharya, a well-known psychologist in the city said, “Attitude towards marriage is slowly changing amongst the present generation in our country. Marriage has now taken a back seat especially among couples where both of them are employed. Work place stress like intense competition and working for late hours have given rise to frustration and tension. This pressure leads to conflicts and ends up destroying marital relationship. People are unable to spend time together and sort out issues.”
“Financial independence is also playing a spoilsport in some families, where people are opting for separation, to enjoy their freedom. Changing gender roles is resulting in many conflicts among the couple. Many men ask for well-educated, career-oriented women. But they often fail to share the workload with their partner and this leads to frustration, tension and in some extreme cases, domestic violence too. In certain scenarios, ego clashes lead to divorce. Even in today’s generation, parents are more interested to match the horoscope of both the girl and the boy, but fail to see their compatibility. While looking for an alliance, parents should focus more on the compatibility of both the bride and the groom. Pre-marital counselling can play important role in this context,” she informed.
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