Marriage is a civil and sacrosanct contract backed by teachings of Islam created certain rights and duties on the contracting parties. Like other contracts the contract of marriage can also be dissolved by the both the parties, which is recognized by the Islam. Husband has an inalienable legal right to pronounce “Talaq” likewise If wife want dissolve the contract of marriage she has recourse towards family courts for seeking dissolution of marriage by way of “Khula”. In this guide, we will delve deep into the practice and procedures of obtaining a dissolution of marriage by way of Khula.

What is Khula?

For Muslim women seeking independence and a way out of a difficult marriage, Khula is a powerful legal option that deserves attention and understanding .Khula is a legal Islamic procedure that allows a Muslim woman to initiate a divorce from her husband by returning the dower (mahr) or an agreed-upon settlement. It empowers women to take control of their lives and move forward when a marriage is no longer tenable.

Grounds for Filling of Khula:-

Dissolution of Muslim Marriages Act, 1939 describe following grounds for filling of Khula.

  1. Desertion by husband for four year
  2. Failure to maintain for two years
  3. Husband contracting a polygamous marriage in contravention of established legal procedures
  4. Husband’s imprisonment for seven years
  5. Husband’s failure to perform marital obligations for three years
  6. Husband’s continued impotence from the time of the marriage
  7. Husband’s insanity for two years or his serious illness
  8. Wife’s exercise of her option of puberty if she was contracted into marriage by any guardian before the age of 16 and repudiates the marriage before the age of 18 (as long as the marriage was not consummated),
  9. Husband’s cruelty (including physical or other mistreatment, unequal treatment of co-wives)
  10. Any other ground recognised as valid for the dissolution of marriage under Muslim law

The Process of Khula: Step by Step

Step 1: Consult with a Knowledgeable Attorney

Seeking expert legal counsel is the first crucial step in initiating the Khula process. An experienced attorney can help you understand your rights, evaluate your case, and guide you through the legal procedures.

Step 2: Gathering Documentation

Collect all relevant documents, including your marriage contract, witnesses’ statements, and any evidence of the reasons for seeking Khula. Your attorney will advise you on what specific documentation is required.

Step 3: Filing a Khula Petition

With the assistance of your attorney, you will file a Khula petition in family court. This formal document outlines the reasons for seeking Khula and your willingness to return the dower or settlement.

Step 4: Court Proceedings

The court will summon both parties for hearings, during which the judge may attempt reconciliation. If reconciliation is not possible, the court will proceed with the Khula process.

Step 5: Agreement and Settlement

Negotiate the terms of the Khula agreement, including any financial settlements or custody arrangements if applicable. Once both parties agree, the court will issue a Khula decree, legally dissolving the marriage.

Why Choose Us?

Navigating the Khula process can be emotionally and legally challenging. At The Legal Pledge, we understand the complexities involved and offer compassionate yet assertive legal representation for women seeking Khula. Our experienced attorneys are well-versed in Islamic family law and are dedicated to helping you achieve the freedom and independence you deserve.


Dissolution of marriage by way of Khula empowers Muslim women to take control of their lives and make a fresh start when a marriage becomes untenable. If you or someone you know is considering Khula, it’s crucial to have the right legal support to guide you through the process. At The Legal Pledge, we are here to provide the knowledge and assistance you need. Reach out to us today for expert legal counsel on Khula and other family law matters.

Tahir Nazir

Advocate High Court

 Senior Partner

The Legal Pledge