Hrithik Roshan - Sussanne formally divorced
Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan and estranged wife Sussanne formally ended their marriage on Saturday.
A family court in Mumbai granted them divorce by mutual consent. Both had come in separate vehicles and left before 11 am. There were no signs of acrimony or bitterness.
Hrithik, revelling in the recent success of his film Bang Bang, and Sussanne had decided to end the marriage of 13 years on an amicable note and had filed for a mutual consent divorce six months ago in the court complex located in Bandra, close to their suburban home.
The common lawyers for both, Mrinalini Deshmukh and Dipesh Mehta, were also present, when the two entered the court premises. The settlement between the two was not detailed in the court papers, but both parted with an assurance that the agreement made outside court would be honoured.
Hrithik's lawyer Deepesh Mehta told IANS, "They are legally divorced now. Today at around 10:30 am, all things were done. They have got divorced in a very unique and elegant way where there is no alimony and not a single document drawn up between them. It's all on the basis of trust, respect and faith. This is an example they have set on how a couple should part ways in an elegant and classy way."
Earlier there were rumours that Sussanne had demanded Rs 400 crore in alimony, however, Hrithik had denied these reports.
Both will share custody of the children and will have a say and role in their upbringing.
The couple knew each other for over 17 years. They have two sons; Hrehaan is seven years old and Hridhaan is five and reside with their mother in Versova.
Hrithik, son of actor-director Rakesh Roshan, donned a hat and wore black, while Sussane wore a white collared t-shirt.
On December 14, 2013, Hrithik and Sussanne issued separate statements in which they called off their off their marriage.
Hrithik had said that Sussanne decided to walk out of the marriage. His statement read: "This is my greatest tribute to love. Sussanne is and always will be the love of my life for the rest of my life. If her smiles are brighter without me, my love for her must accomplish that."
In her statement, Sussanne said that the separation was their "own individual choices". Her statement read: "We are two individuals who respect and care for each other and have made our own individual choices. We are parents to two wonderful kids and our responsibility remains to protect and take care of them. Nothing can change that."
The mutual consent plea essentially stated that the couple could no longer reside together as husband and wife as irretrievable differences have cropped up and efforts to resolve it have had no effect. The marriage had broken down beyond repair and hence they were filing the plea.
In a mutual consent plea, there is a six month cooling off period at the end of which if neither side withdraws their consent, the court on finding that there was no coercion or collusion and existence of a genuine marital breakdown then grants a divorce.