Chapter 1 - PRELIMINARY
Section 1 - Short title, commencement of the Act
Thi Act may be called the 1 Divorce Act, and hall come into operation on the first day of April, 1869.
1.The word "Indian" omitted by Act 51 of 2001, section 2 w.e.f. 3-10-2001 .
Section 2 - Extent of Act 1
This Act extends to 2 the whole of India 3 except the State of Jammu and Kashmir . Extent of power to grant relief generally, -
Nothing hereinafter contained shall authorise any court to grant any relief under this Act except where the petitioner 5 or respondent professes the Christian religion, and to make decrees of dissolutionor to make decrees of dissolution of marriage except where the parties to the marriage are domiciled in India at the time when the petition is presented, or of nullityor to make decrees of nullity of marriage except where the marriage has been solemnized in India and the petitioner is resident in India at the time of presenting the petition, or to grant any relief under this Act, other than a decree of dissolution of marriage or of nullity of marriage, except where the petitioner resides in India at the time of presenting the petition.
1 . Substituted by the A.O. 1948, for the original first paragraph. 2. Substituted by The A.O. 1950, for certain words. 3. Substituted by Act 3 of 1951, Section 3 and Schedule, for "except Part B States". 4. Substituted by Act 25 of 1926, Section 2, for Paragraphs 2, 3 and 4. 5. Inserted by Act 30 of 1927, Section 2.
Section 3 - Interpretation-clause
In this Act, unless there be something repugnant in the subject or context, 1
1 "High Court" means with reference to any area a in a State, the High Court for that State 2
b in Delhi, the High Court of Delhi
c in Manipur and Tripura, the High Court of Assam