This text presents an overview of the major issues and topics in current developments in Indian family law. Indian law has produced a number of very important innovations in the past two decades, which are also highly instructive for law reform debates in western and other jurisdictions. Topics discussed are: marriage, divorce, polygamy, maintenance, property and the Uniform Civil Code.

chapter Chapter One|38 pages


Inability to handle tradition, or skill in abusing it?

chapter Chapter Two|92 pages


Following the West?

chapter Chapter Three|92 pages


Favourable treatment for Muslims?

chapter Chapter Four|64 pages


Saving the welfare state money

chapter Chapter Five|50 pages

Joint family and property law

Will individualism work?

chapter Chapter Six|58 pages

The Uniform Civil Code debate

Changing agenda

chapter |7 pages

Concluding analysis