Divorce Issues (US and India)
• Vikram, a Hindu wanted to marry Mary, a Christian.
• Mary’s parents objected because Vikram was a Hindu.
• Vikram got converted to Christianity and married Mary.
• After 6 months, it turns out that Mary was in fact insane as their relationship got strained.
• Vikram gets a Decree of Nullity from the Eparchial Tribunal.
• Distressed and disenchanted, I, a distant cousin of Vikram’s, developed an intimate relation with him.
• Vikram and I wanted to marry but the Hindu Law applicable to me did not allow marriage.
• So I got converted to Christianity.
• Vikram and me, after getting dispensation from the Bishop, get married in a church under the Christian Law.
• After one year, I became aware of the fact that Vikram was impotent.
• Concurrently, Vikram decides to the US of A as a migrant.
• He wanted me to go with him to the US but I refused as I was furious and felt cheated.
• Vikram migrates to US and after a year obtains an order of divorce from an American Court on the ground of desertion.
• I even denied its jurisdiction on its notice to grant divorce but still the Court grants it.
• Thereafter, Vikram marries Nancy, an American citizen.
• I fumed on hearing this and kicked off criminal prosecution against Vikram. I also pleaded for maintenance.
• The trial court finds Vikram guilty of bigamy and also grants maintenance to me.
• Vikram now challenges the Trial Court decision and I am the respondent.
What can I do in this situation? Please help! On what grounds can I argue?