Divorced woman cannot use ex-husband’s name: HC

Bombay High Court has held that a divorced woman cannot use her former husband's name.

Written by Agencies | Mumbai | Published: February 19, 2010 5:29:56 pm

Bombay High Court has held that a divorced woman cannot use her former husband’s name.

In an order passed early this week,High Court directed a woman to refrain from using husband’s name and surname.

Earlier,Principal judge of the family court in Mumbai had restrained the woman,Asha,from using her ex-husband Ramesh’s name and surname as their marriage had ended four years ago.

Court granted divorce to Asha and Ramesh (both names changed) in 2006. But when Asha filed application for maintenance,Ramesh took a stand that she was still using his name and surname,and urged the family court to restrain her from doing so.

He alleged that she was misusing his name,was posing as his wife,and putting him in embarrassing situations.

Asha,on the other hand,argued that since she had challenged divorce in the Supreme Court,where her appeal was still pending,she was still his wife.

The family court held that the marriage had come to an end and she could not use husband’s name any longer.

Asha then filed appeal in the High Court.

However,the High Court refused to interfere with family court’s order,saying that she has to abide by family court’s order,and would not use husband’s name anywhere,including her bank accounts.

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