One of the most talked about and beloved couples of Bollywood is coming to an end as Arbaaz Khan and Malaika Arora have decided to part ways after 17 years of marriage.
The couple was spotted arriving at the Bandra Family Court on Tuesday, November 29.
Based on mutual consent, both Malaika and Arbaaz have filed for dissolution of their marriage. The two was allotted Court No 1 for the case proceedings to be presided by Principal Judge IJ Nanda.
Going by the book, after a divorce petition is filed, both parties must attend counselling sessions for a period of six months to consider reconciliation. If the court finds that there are no signs of the two ever getting back together, the marriage is then dissolved.
Malaika and Arbaaz got married in 1997 and together, they have a 14-year-old son Arhaan. The celebrities, both dressed in white, came together for their their first marriage counselling session yesterday. However, they left the court premises in a hurry. According to the law, after a divorce petition has been filled, a couple is granted a period of six months to think about reconciliation. If there are no signs of getting back together, the court dissolves the marriage.
Malaika-Arbaaz announced their separation in March, earlier this year, and soon the Chaiya Chaiya girl moved out of the Khan residence into an apartment along with her son.
According to many reports, it is being said that trouble began brewing in Malika-Arbaaz’s marriage when Malaika supposedly began an affair with Arjun Kapoor. But sources have told India Today that Malaika wanted her husband Arbaaz to come out of his elder brother Salman Khan’s shadow. Even Salman spoke to the couple several times to work things but all the effort was in vain.
Despite parting ways, Malaika and Arbaaz have put up a united front for their son. The two have been seen together at numerous family gatherings, parties and festive occasions, which fuelled reports of the two giving their marriage another shot. Many link-ups were also thrown in during the course of their split. While Malaika was linked to Arjun Kapoor, Arbaaz was romantically linked to a Goa-based restaurateur Yellow Mehra.
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