Overseas Indian Affairs Overseas Indian Affairs

Marital Issues of Indian nationals married to overseas Indians

As the number of overseas Indians is increasing, Ministry is receiving several petitions, grievances and complaints pertaining to marital issues from Indian nationals who are married to overseas Indians. Ministry is empowering such Indian nationals by providing them information about legal procedures to be followed w.r.t. filing court cases, issue of summons, Look Out Circulars, revoking/impounding passports, obtaining maintenance and child support, etc. Under a special scheme Ministry is providing legal and financial assistance to Indian women married to overseas Indians, through lawyers and NGOs empanelled with Missions abroad. The scheme is applicable to 13 countries, and has provided grants to 127 women since 2008. Petitioners use this assistance to seek redressal from foreign courts on issues such as restoration of conjugal rights, maintenance, contesting ex-parte divorce, custody of children, abuse/ harassment by spouse etc.