On June 10, 2019, Dwivedi filed a petition for divorce in India, where the parties had married. Upadhyay left India and returned to Michigan, and, on January 26, 2020, filed a complaint for divorce in the Michigan family courts. Dwivedi sought to dismiss the Michigan suit. In that the 2 suits involved the same parties and the same claims, even though the one is in a foreign court, the Michigan suit should be dismissed.
Upadhyay argued that the Michigan courts permit no-fault divorce, and India requires fault. This was unpersuasive. Fault is considered, perhaps not as a ground, but in resolving the underlying financial issues in the Michigan claim. Upadhyay also argues that the Indian case cannot resolve a division of their marital property. Dwivedi contests this assertion. The Michigan court decided it was not going to opine on foreign law, and it was not necessary that all issues in both suits be identical. If the Indian court does not resolve all issues of marital property, then the parties can bring an action to resolve the unresolved issues in an appropriate jurisdiction thereafter.