Divorce is an unpleasant experience and people prefer not to share this experience with anyone. In fact, divorce is a social taboo in our society, a subject which needs discussion so that people can accept it as part of life rather than perceive it as end of it.
People need to understand that unwillingly staying in a relationship only because of the societal fear is extremely self-destructive. In Pakistan, there’s a social stigma attached with the concept of divorce and because of the sensitivity associated with this topic, awareness among people about the issue is inadequate.
The decision to end a relationship rests with you, however, we can help you understand divorce process better by providing you information about divorce application form, divorce documents, divorce proceedings and divorce paperwork.
The article aims to help those who are already going through a rough patch by enabling them to easily file for divorce if they want to get out of a relationship. We have listed down NADRA’s divorce procedure and other important details so that you can easily complete the divorce proceedings.
How to get a divorce in Pakistan?
According to Pakistani laws, a divorce will only be considered effective if it’s routed through procedures specified in Section 7 of The Muslim Family Law Ordinance 1961. In divorce filings both parties (i.e. husband and wife) can nominate their lawyers or representatives to attend and follow Arbitration/Union Council Proceedings, however it is important for wife and husband to appear before the council at least once.
Phases of Divorce
There are two phases of divorce:
Initiation of divorce
There are two different methods to initiate a divorce in Pakistan. These methods are:
Divorce by Husband
In this method a husband pronounces a divorce (verbally or in writing) to the wife.
Divorce by Wife
Also known as judicial divorce, in this method a wife can contact the family court at her will to end her marriage.
In this phase, husband and wife can mutually write a divorce deed.
Documents Required For Divorce Certificate
Following are the divorce documents that applicants need when filing for a divorce.
- Affidavit of divorce (attested by gazetted officer)
- CNIC copies of wife and husband
- Passport copy of wife or husband (if applicable)
- Undertaking by wife and husband
- Copy of Nikah Nama
- Copy of court order of divorce (in case of Khula)
- Each party is required to bring at least two witnesses.