What is Khula?

Khula is a term used in Islamic law to refer to a type of divorce initiated by the wife. Unlike talaq, which is initiated by the husband, khula allows the wife to seek a divorce from her husband if she feels that the marriage is no longer viable or if there are irreconcilable differences between the couple.

The process of khula involves the wife initiating the divorce proceedings by making an offer of separation to her husband. The husband has the right to accept or reject the offer. If the husband accepts the offer, he may be required to pay some or all of the dowry (mahr) to the wife as compensation for ending the marriage.

If the husband rejects the offer, the wife may still seek a divorce by going to an Islamic court and providing evidence that the marriage is irretrievably broken. The court may then grant a khula, which dissolves the marriage and requires the husband to pay the dowry to the wife.

Khula is often seen as a more equitable form of divorce in Islam, as it allows the wife to seek a divorce on her own terms and to negotiate a fair settlement with her husband. It is worth noting that the process of khula may vary in different Islamic cultures and legal systems, and may have different requirements and procedures.
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