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Selvam (Others)     01 June 2016

Out of wedlock in legal term

While sending divorce summons to his wife, the laywer of husband used the wordings, " Out of wedlock there are two children born". All her advocates say, " this is nothing wrong; your children are born to your real husband and you" It is very strange type of intrepretation. In legal term it is doubtful that this is correct and it would mean that if the respondent did not point out, she accepts that those two children are born to some one with whom she was not married, i.e. through  illegal affairs. Please, could any Advocate give usage of this wordings and intrepretation of them. Someone urgently need this calrification. Pleae help her.


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Vijay Raj Mahajan (Advocate)     01 June 2016

It's general statement made in the petition that children are born out of wedlock, nothing special or extraordinary in this statement. No interpretation can be assumed that if she denies it it will mean that the children were born from relationship with other person other than the husband. It is usually admitted fact by respondent that the children are born to the parties out of wedlock. No hue cry needed to be made out of the statement.

KS Johal   02 June 2016

The statement is the correct terminology. People with less experience or less understanding legal knowledge will debate this. I hope this clarifies.



  1. From standpoint of english language you are correct. "Out of wedlock" means children born to parents who are not legally married. I am also surprised by opposite use of this idiom in Indian courts, especially because this has a derogatory connotation.
  2. I agree with experts that for some historical reason this idiom has become very common in Indian family law to mean "children born from marriage". Judges and lawyers around the country have come to accept this usage. 971794 (Advocate)     13 June 2016

It is accepted form of saying that the children are born legitimately to both husband and his wife.  Here out of the wedlock , does not mean outside the wedlock, but because of their marriage with each other.   Legal English is sometime different from English as a language 

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