Pls express your views or suggest the provisions of law in the following scenario.
Wife Filed the Divorce Suit against the Husband on 1982 under H.M Act 1955 u/s.13(ia) and(ib) in the Ground of Cruelty and Desertion. Husband side has not appeared in the Court for any hearing after filing of the written statement, which led to an exparte Decree in favour of the wife.
Later in the year 1997, wife came to know that the Husband is a Mentally Disordered person affected by a disease "Schizophrenia" since 1980 onwards.
In this circumstance, whether the divorce order is valid in law or not?
The husband is also missing from 1995 onwards and there is no proper response from the husband side. In this situation, whether the wife can sue for any property from husband's family, which the husband, as a legal heir, is entitled to?