January 5, 2010

Runaway Wives and Dowry Harassment

The Indian court system does not properly recognize divorces issued in the United States.  A divorced wife can flee on her own, or even worse with the parties’ children to India.  Once there, she can file dowry harassment charges against her “ex-husband.”  In addition, India is not yet ratified the Hague convention and will not act to send abducted children back to the United States. 

There has been a rise in the number of dowry harassment cases filed against non-residen Indians (NRIs).  India has been used as a haven for ex-wives who are disatisfied with the result of their United States divorce case.  Once in India they utilize dowry laws which are peculiar to the Indian legal system and do not have a US counterpart. 

Spouses who are NRIs or are divorcing NRIs should discuss their case with a competent attorney who understands these complex international law issues.