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1The Divorce Act, 1869

( ACT NO. IV Of 1869 )

Chapter I

PRELIMINARY

Extent of power to grant relief generally and to make decrees of dissolution, or of nullity
Nothing hereinafter contained shall authorise any Court to grant any relief under this Act except where the petitioner or respondent professes the Christian religion,
 
 
or to make decrees of dissolution of marriage except where the parties to the marriage are domiciled in Bangladesh at the time when the petition is presented,
 
 
or to make decrees of nullity of marriage except where the marriage if solemnized, before 2[the 26th day of March, 1971, has been solemnized in Pakistan] and if solemnized on or after that date has been solemnized in Bangladesh and the petitioner
 
 
is resident in Bangladesh at the time of presenting the petition, or to grant any relief under this Act, other than a decree of dissolution of marriage or of nullity of marriage, except where the petitioner resides in Bangladesh at the time of presenting the petition:
 
 
Provided that nothing in this paragraph shall be deemed to authorize any Court to grant any relief under this Act where the petitioner or respondent is a Muslim.

  • 1
    Throughout this Act, except otherwise provided, the words “Bangladesh”, “Government”, "High Court Division" and "Appellate Division" were substituted, for the words “Pakistan”, “Provincial Government” or “the said Government”, "High Courts" or "High Court" or "a High Court" and "Supreme Court" respectively by section 3 and 2nd Schedule of the Bangladesh Laws (Revision And Declaration) Act, 1973 (Act No. VIII of 1973).
  • 2
    The words, figures and commas “the 26th day of March, 1971, has been solemnized in Pakistan” were substituted, for the words, commas and figures “the 15th day of August, 1947, has been solemnized in India” by section 3 and 2nd Schedule of the Bangladesh Laws (Revision And Declaration) Act, 1973 (Act No. VIII of 1973).
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