The Women's Charter does not allow you to (successfully) apply for a normal divorce within the first 3 years of your marriage.
This means that in the first 3 years of your marriage,
-you cannot (successfully) apply for a divorce if your spouse has behaved in such a way that you cannot be reasonably be expected to live with him or her.
-you cannot apply for a divorce if your spouse has deserted your for 2 years.
-you cannot apply for a divorce even if your spouse committed adultery and you find it intolerable to live with him or her.
In the first 3 years of your marriage, you are allowed to apply for an annulment.
However, the court requires certain conditions (stipulated in the Women's Charter) to be satisfied before it will grant an annulment.
These conditions (for annulment) are radically different from those for a divorce.
Exceptional hardship & exceptional depravity
In the first 3 years of your marriage, you are allowed to apply for an "exceptional" divorce.This must be based on:
-exceptional hardship; and/or
In the past, suffering from depression was sufficient to satisfy the condition to get an "exceptional" divorce.However, this no longer appears to be the case.
Now, it is much harder to get an "exceptional" divorce.
The above is not legal advice and should not be taken as such.
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