We are seeing so many cases of unhappy women complaining of "ill-treatment" by husbands and in-laws. Of late we have read some men complaining of unhappy marriages too. Most often we would try to work out a peaceable solution whereby the marriage would survive and there would be a healthy relationship between the spouses. But often matters seem to get out of hand and one is forced to consider other solutions like divorce. The question is what are the criteria under which one can seek divorce? While I am not aware of the laws in other countries (I suspect they would be pretty much similar in all countries), I thought it would be useful to have some information of those in India. In India there are different laws for various religious groups - there is the Hindu Marriage Act, a separate one for Muslims and yet another one for Christians. According to the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, adultery, desertion, cruelty, conversion, mental disorders, certain diseases (leprosy, STDs), renunciation, "not heard alive", no resumption of co-habitation are all grounds for divorce. While most of the reasons are easy to define, cruelty is a very subjective term and the Supreme Court has tried to give examples of such behaviour as below. It would be useful if others also share the laws prevailing in the country of their residence, so that those ladies on the forum who need them for reference could easily benefit from the information.