Divorce cases in India often favor women when it comes to alimony, child custody, and division of assets. However, with proper legal representation and preparation, men can strengthen their position and improve their chances of getting a favorable outcome.
First and foremost, hire an experienced divorce lawyer, preferably a male lawyer who understands the challenges men face in divorce proceedings. A good lawyer will advise you on your rights and options, counter strategies employed by your wife’s lawyer, and ensure your side of the story is heard. For example, if your wife falsely accuses you of domestic violence or adultery, a lawyer can help prove your innocence.
Document everything related to your marriage – arguments, instances of cruelty, details about your wife’s income and employment, etc. Maintain detailed records of all expenses related to your children. This evidence will be useful in countering demands for disproportionate alimony or child support. Email or record conversations where your wife makes unreasonable demands.
Be cooperative during mediation sessions and propose fair joint custody and visitation rights for the children. Do not cut off paying for your children’s expenses preemptively as it may backfire. If your wife is working, argue against paying lifetime alimony by providing evidence of her income and employment.
Ask for an equitable distribution of assets based on who purchased or inherited them instead of automatically splitting everything 50-50. For instance, assets owned by you before marriage or inherited by you should rightfully be yours after divorce as well. Make sure to declare all your assets upfront instead of hiding information, as courts frown upon dishonesty.
If false dowry harassment charges are levied, gather evidence like wedding videos showing voluntary gifts exchanged to prove your innocence. Seek anticipatory bail immediately if a false criminal complaint is filed to avoid arrest. Your testimony and conduct in court should be calm, truthful and consistent during cross examination.
Stay healthy physically, mentally and financially to demonstrate you are fully capable of caring for your children. Be reasonable in your demands and arguments. Portray willingness to work together to do what is best for the children.
With the help of a competent divorce lawyer, diligent preparation, and thoughtful strategy, men can counter bias and exaggeration to achieve fair outcomes in divorce proceedings. The truth ultimately prevails in court, hence focus energy on gracefully presenting your side rather than reacting to provocation. A divorce may end a marriage, but your parenting duties remain.