I have solved many cases like this. It is unfortunate that you could not live a happy married life. There are some incidents that happen in your life and those incidents are so strong that they change your DNA. They say marriages are made in heaven. But so is thunder and lightning. Please understand that the husband and wife are two wheels of the cart and in case one wheel feels the bumps the other wheels keeps the balance. This is an old age saying and even working in this era. At times, despite our best efforts, life takes a turn for the worst. We may have wanted different things from life, but life’s got its own plan as well. A bad marriage is something which nobody hopes for, but at times, that’s exactly what we are given and forced to face head on. Marriages are hard. Divorces…even harder. Nobody enters marriage thinking about a divorce in the end. If some are unable to cope with the harsh realities of marriage, the only viable option in front of them is to approach the Court and seek legal separation.
Legal options are always available for you. Physical and mental harassment can break you and damage you forever. You and your 5 year old child have a right to live life with peace and with happiness. Your husband has no right to harass you physically and mentally. A husband cannot have an affair or marry another girl unless he is legally divorced. A husband can be charged of adultery if he is in a relationship with another married woman. His wife also has the right to file for divorce on the grounds of his extra-marital relationship. A wife has the right to live her life with dignity and to have the same lifestyle that her husband’s and in-laws have. She also has the right to be free of mental and physical torture. A wife is entitled to claim decent living standards & basic comforts of life by her husband as per his living standards.
Now, as you have all the evidences which can be used against him so you should file a police complaint against your husband for domestic violence you faced for 13 years and you can file a mutual consent divorce. Mutual Consent Divorce is a simple way of coming out of the marriage and dissolves it legally. Important requirement is the mutual consent of the husband & wife. There are two aspects on which Husband & Wife have to reach to consensus. One is the alimony or maintenance issues. As per Law there is no minimum or maximum limit of maintenance. It could be any figure or no figure. Next important consideration is the Child Custody. This can also be worked out effectively between the parties. Child Custody in Mutual Consent Divorce can be shared or joint or exclusive depending upon the understanding of the spouses. In mutual divorce case proceedings takes less time to settle and you need to appear 2 times in court and you will get the order.
If you husband do not agree for mutual divorce then you file can file a consented divorce case on the ground of extramarital affair, mental cruelty and physical cruelty. Consented divorce case proceedings can take up to 5 years to settle so decide accordingly.
At last just want to say that divorce isn't such a tragedy. A tragedy is staying in an unhappy marriage.
SHRI GOPAL VERMA
ADVOCATE ON RECORD
SUPREME COURT OF INDIA