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Bigamy

Dear Sirs

My mother died a few years ago and after her death convinced our father to marry again. 
We are based in the UK.  My father went to Punjab, India and married a lady Sunita in 2004, from there and brought her to UK. 
After a year Sunita wanted to go back to see her ill father but after she reached she did not want to come back. 
She insisted my father bought her a house in Punjab.  My father has lived in uk for nearly 4 years without her. 
He cannot live in India as he has ongoing treatments as he is a heart patient.

Just a year ago my father found out that Sunita was married already when she married him and her husband died just
4 months after she married my father.  My father has this evidence from the village, her relativbes including an afidavit
from her brother even though she swore she was a spinster.  she says now she was married in 2003 and divorced in 2003.  Not  true.

My concern is my father is ill.  He filed a case in Delhi for the marriage to be annulled.  but the laywers are playing with
him and not giving the correct advice.  Just taking money from him.  He doesnt want her to take his properties in uk and india.

The judge has asked my father for his assets.  Is this normal?  We are the ones filing the case yet its back firing as
Sunita is asking for maintainance.  There have been severa court dates and my father has left uk to attend and sunita has no
regards for the courts.

We are really tired and think our lawyers are too relaxed or can something be done sooner?

In stress today i searched the internet for answers and am so happy to come across this site.
Now i request for some advice to get us out of this mess please..


 

 
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Advocate/IP Attorney

Hi,

As you say, you have the evidence to prove that she was married 4 months before she got married to your father.  If it is so, then the married is automatically void.  Also, if you can prove that she left your father to India and does not come back for 4 years.  You have an advantage!

If you furnish substantial evidence to prove her marriage, you can get rid of this problem ASAP.

I am just a student, there are some experts, letz wait to hear from them as well.!

 

 

 

 
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Advocate

If you can prove that Sunitha has married your dad while her first husband was alive, then her second marriage will become void under S.11 of HMA. and so, your dad need not provide her maintenance.And if she can prove that she was a divorcee when she got married to your dad, then your dad has to provide her maintenance.

 
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Advocate

Manoj, file a case for annullment of marriage frome the court first, and then you can avoid giving maintenance to Sunitha.

 
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Thank you so much.I cant seem to write anything on the forum in a reply it keeps saying message to short.

Sunita was not divorced when she married my father.  we have filed a anulment case and its within this case, in their defence where sunita is asking for maintainance.  And away from the courts she is calling me and demanding rs6 lakhs to settle out of court or she will ruin us.

We are confused why the judge demanded my fathers accounts when it is us who filed the case.

 
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Advocate

Manoj,

I pity your state of things. I suggest you to ask this query in experts section wherein there are experts who can guide you better. I think you people are trapped in the hands of advocate.

 
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How and where do I ask experts? I thought they will see it here..
 
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LAWYER AT BUDHIRAJA & ASSOCIATES SUPREME COURT OF INDIA

Dear Manoj,

Suchitra is right that ur father should file a case for the annulment of marriage, but he can't avoid to provide maintenance to Sunita. As per the judgment of SC, a concubine is also entitled for the maintenence and Sunita got married with your father and lived with him as a wife.

 
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Even though the marriage was Bigamy?  What steps can we or should we take?

 
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Advocate

Manoj,

Law is more of commonsense. Live in relationships,  being a concubine is not an offence. So, SC has allowed maintenance in those cases. But a married person getting married to another while the first marriage subsists, makes the marrage void. As a wife, she cant ask for maintenace in this case, obviously.

 
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