First Picture: Malaika, Arbaaz spotted outside court after divorce


Finally, Malaika Arora and Arbaaz Khan were granted divorce by the Bandra family court yesterday, ending their 18-year-old marriage. Malaika got the physical custody of their 14-year-old son Arhaan and Arbaaz Khan gets the visitation rights. He can visit his son whenever he wants. Malaika has not asked for any alimony or property.

Arbaaz and Malaika arrived together in the same car yesterday for the final hearing of the divorce at around 11:30 am.  The estranged couple was colour-coordinated in white.

They met principal marriage counsellor VS Athavale for five minutes and then granted divorce by the Family Court judge. Their lawyers, Kranti Sathe and Amurta Sathe Pathak told, "The court has granted divorce to Arbaaz and Malaika, which was filed on mutual consent terms."

Separated in March last year, the couple has filed for divorce on November 8. They attended their first counseling session three days later. They were then given a mandatory six-month waiting period to reconsider their decision of ending marriage.

It is not yet clear what caused the crack in their marriage but Arbaaz Khan’s unstable financial condition and Malaika’s close proximity with actor Arjun Kapoor are touted to be the reason of their separation.

Their differences first came into forefront when they hosted the reality show, ‘Power Couple’ together. They hosted the show jointly but in mid-way, Malaika left the show and Arbaaz concluded the season solo.

The Khan and Arora families had several meeting to reconcile them but they finally gave up. Malaika and Arbaaz decided not to get back together again. Salman Khan also tried his level best to save his younger brother’s marriage but he too failed.

Though separated, Malaika and Arbaaz were spotted together in various occasions. If Arbaaz attended Malaika’s parents’ birthday then the latter also took part in every family function of the Khans. Last night, the couple was spotted at Justin Bieber’s concert with their son, Arhaan.

They couple were married for the past 18 years.