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Amid the risk of COVID-19 infection, the Delhi High Court has directed an estranged couple to participate in mediation proceedings before the Delhi High Court Mediation and Conciliation Centre, through video conferencing. (Pratibha Vats vs Vivek Kaushik)
Marraige of the parties was solemnized in Februray 2014 and a girl child was born from the wedlock in December 2014.
Thereafter, disputes and differences arose between the parties that led the Respondent-husband to file a divorce petition.
In January 2020, the Family Court granted a decree of divorce in favour of the Respondent-husband on grounds of cruelty.
Aggrieved by Family Court order, the Appellant-Wife moved an appeal before the High Court.
The Court, at the outset, enquired from the counsel for the Appellant-Wife if she was ready and willing to arrive at an onetime negotiated settlement with the Respondent-Husband so that the future interest of the daughter of the parties was secured.
The Court noted that the both the parties were gainfully employed and at present, the Respondent-Husband was paying a monthly maintenance of Rs 7,500 to the Appellant-Wife for the upkeep of their five and half year old daughter who was in the care and custody of the Appellant-Wife.
While the Appellant-Wife stated that she was agreeable to the suggestion, the Respondent-Husband said that he was not averse to it and was willing to negotiate a mediated settlement.
In view of the above, the Division Bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Subramoium Prasad ordered,
The order shall be e-mailed to the Organizing Secretary, Delhi High Court Mediation & Conciliation Centre for information and compliance, the Court said.
In the meantime, with the consent of the counsel for the parties, the operation of the Family Court order was stayed till the next date.
The matter would be heard next on August 11.
Advocates Rajat Aneja, Vandna Aneja, Bhawana Pandey represented the Appellant-Wife.
Advocate Vishal Chaudhary appeared for the Respondent-Husband.
Read the Order: