“A reconciliation should not mean a loss of identity for either partners as marriage in modern life is to subsist with identity,” said Justice DY Chandrachud, from the Bombay high court, at a recent event held at the Bandra family court to felicitate 111 couples who had reconciled with their spouses after filing for either a divorce or legal separation.
A couple, basking in matrimonial bliss, at the event held to felicitate those who gave their marriage a second chance.
The family court is often looked at as a house of divorce but it is the same place where overworked counsellors and judges help in reconciling couples on the verge of separation.
Mohit Shah, the chief justice of the Bombay high court, lauded the efforts of the family court in reconciling families over the years, but also had a word of caution. “… In all cases, reconciliation is not possible… We are not khap panchayats and we do not want to give sermons. If reconciliation is not an option, we should try to ensure that the couple parts ways gracefully,”
One of the objectives of the event, apart from safeguarding the fabric of family, was to let people know that the family court also brings couples together, said Laxmi Rao, principal judge of the family court.
BARC employee, Mohan Shinde, 50, and his wife Lalita were one of the couples felicitated. “After 20 years of marriage and bringing up two sons, my wife and I fought daily about not being able to spend enough time with each other,” Shinde said.
“Issues related to money and differences with in- laws prompted us to seek separation. But after counselling sessions and help from the court, we managed to sort out our differences,” he said.
The event was held in association with the Family Court Bar Association, the Mumbai Association of Marriage Counsellors and the Mumbai Suburban Legal Services.