How to Apply for Divorce Online in Chennai

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Apply for Divorce Online in Chennai

Divorce is a complicated process that can be emotionally and financially draining. In Chennai, couples seeking divorce can now apply online, making the process much more straightforward and convenient. In this article, we will provide a step-by-step guide on how to apply for divorce in Chennai online.  

Eligibility for applying for divorce online in Chennai  

To apply for a divorce online in Chennai, specific eligibility criteria must be met. These eligibility criteria are put in place to ensure that only genuine and valid divorce cases are filed online. The first and foremost eligibility criterion is that both parties must have lived separately for at least one year. This means that the couple must have been living apart for at least one year before they can apply for a divorce online.  

Additionally, the couple must have been married for at least one year. This prevents marriages in their early stages from being dissolved quickly without sufficient time for the couple to reconcile. The couple must also have a valid reason for seeking a divorce, such as adultery, cruelty, or desertion.  

It is important to note that the eligibility criteria for applying for divorce online in Chennai may vary depending on the case’s specific circumstances. Therefore, it is always advisable to consult with a legal professional to determine if you meet the eligibility criteria before applying for divorce online.  

Steps to apply for divorce online in Chennai  

Once you have met the eligibility criteria for applying for divorce online in Chennai, you can follow these steps to complete the process:  

Visit the official website of the Chennai Family Court and select the option for e-filing. You can find the website link by searching for “Chennai Family Court e-filing” in your preferred search engine.  

Register on the website by providing your details, such as name, address, and contact information. You must also provide a valid email address and mobile number.  

Create a username and password to access your account. Make sure to choose a solid and secure password and keep it safe.  

Fill in the divorce petition form with accurate and complete details, including why to seek a divorce. The form will typically ask for details such as the names and addresses of both parties, the date and place of marriage, and the grounds for seeking a divorce. Make sure to provide all the necessary information as accurately as possible.  

Upload all necessary documents, including marriage certificate, ID proof, and address proof. Depending on the grounds for seeking a divorce, you may also need to upload other documents, such as proof of cruelty or adultery. Make sure to scan and upload clear copies of all documents.  

Filing the Divorce Petition Online

Pay the required fee for filing the divorce petition online. The fee may vary depending on the type of divorce and other factors, so check the fee schedule before making the payment. You can pay the fee online using a debit card, credit card, or net banking.  

Submit the petition form and documents online. The website typically provides an option to review the form and documents before submission, so double-check everything. Once you have filled in the form, uploaded all necessary documents, and made the payment, you can submit the petition online.  

After submitting the petition, you will receive a confirmation message or email with a reference number. Keep this reference number safe, as you may need it for future reference. The court will then process your petition and notify the other party. The other party will have a chance to respond to the petition, after which the court will proceed with the divorce proceedings.  

Documents required for divorce application

When applying for divorce online in Chennai, it is vital to ensure that you have all the necessary documents ready beforehand. The documents required for an online divorce application in Chennai include the following:  

1. Marriage certificate: You must provide a copy of your marriage certificate as proof of your marriage. A gazetted officer or notary should attest to the certificate.  

2. Identity proof: You must provide valid identity proof such as an Aadhar card, passport, or voter ID card. The identity proof should have your name, photograph, and signature.  

3. Address proof: You must provide address proof such as a driving license, utility bill, or bank statement. The address proof should have your name and address.  

4. Passport-sized photographs: You must provide passport-sized photographs of both parties.  

5. Any other documents relevant to your case: Depending on the reason for seeking a divorce, you may need to provide additional documents such as proof of cruelty, adultery, or desertion. It is essential to consult with a lawyer to determine which documents are necessary for your case.  

With all the required documents, you can apply for a divorce online in Chennai smoothly and without hassles. It is crucial to ensure that all the documents are accurate and complete, as any discrepancies may result in the rejection of your application. It is also advisable to keep a copy of all the documents for your records.  

Court proceedings after filing for divorce online in Chennai  

After the divorce petition is filed online, the court will notify the other party. The notice will contain details about the divorce petition and ask the other party to respond within a specified time frame. If the other party fails to respond within the given time frame, the court will assume that they do not have any objections, and the divorce proceedings will continue.  

If the other party contests the divorce, the court will schedule hearings and allow both parties to present their case. Before deciding, the court will consider evidence such as documents, witness statements, and other relevant information.  

The court may also facilitate a settlement between the parties during the hearings. If the parties can settle, the court will record the settlement terms and grant the divorce accordingly.  

If the court decides to grant the divorce, it will issue a divorce decree. The decree of divorce is a legal document that dissolves the marriage and declares both parties to be single. It is important to note that the divorce decree becomes final only after a specified period, during which either party can appeal the decision.  


Applying for divorce online in Chennai is convenient and straightforward if you meet the eligibility criteria and have all the required documents. However, it is always advisable to seek legal assistance to ensure that your case is handled professionally and your interests are protected. Contact Aranlaw Associates today for expert legal advice and support. 

Legal Disclaimer: The information contained in this blog post is for general information and educational purposes only. Nothing contained in this blog post should be construed as legal advice from The Aran Law Firm or the individual author, nor is it intended to be a substitute for legal counsel on any subject matter.

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