The Union cabinet has approved certain changes in the Marriage Act, thus hastening divorce proceedings for unhappy couples.The new changes include legal recognition of a wife's right to property acquired by her spouse during their marriage, but the quantum of share will be decided by the courts. Also, equal rights will be given to both adopted and biological children. The Marriage Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2010, seeks to make 'irretrievable breakdown of marriage' a new ground for grant of divorce. The courts can reduce or waive the currently mandatory 6-month cooling-off period before moving a joint motion in case of divorce by mutual consent. While a wife can oppose a husband's plea for divorce under the new 'irretrievable breakdown of marriage' clause, the husband will have no such right if the wife moves the court on the same grounds. Source: Medindia << Scientists to Develop New Assay to Predict Immune Responses Germs Help Build Immunity >> Recommended Reading Divorce: Pros and Cons Divorce can be traumatic for children and create a sense of insecurity amongst them. Couples should realize that joined parenting is important even after divorce. READ MORE How to Save your marriage You can save your marriage - even when your partner insists on a divorce. READ MORE Diminishing Differences and Empowering Eves Each year, from the 4th to the 10th of March, the world is awash with the celebrations of the International Women's Week. READ MORE Getting Divorced at Young Age may Adversely Affect Health Researchers from Michigan State University suggest that getting a divorce at a younger age can have a negative impact on your health. READ MORE How to Handle Depression and Stress while Going Through a Divorce? Divorce or breakup can be stressful and cause anxiety, depression and panic. Simple ways can help you deal with depression triggered by loss of marriage. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Daily Calorie Requirements Vent Forte (Theophylline) Find a Hospital More News on: How to Save your marriageDivorce: Pros and ConsHow to Handle Depression and Stress while Going Through a Divorce?