My sister is recently going thru a divorce
in the State of california where she was only married for approxiamtely 4 months and engaged for approxiametly 9 months. Prior to the wedding the groom was given a list of "demands" that must be met in order to accept the engagement
and wedding. This list of demands is a generally a clutural thing (dowery, purchase of dresses, wedding hall, Jewlery, and any other things associated with the wedding.) basically all wedding expese is to be beared by the groom. Also, there is an agreement with the Imam( muslim pastor) where the two families and the groom and bride sit and agree on terms of the wedding in case of a divorce. This is not a standard agreement that the Imam has written, but an agreement the Imam witnesses and then once agreed upon writes it into the marriage
contract, it is not a prenup but in away similar to one. In this agreement it states if the groom divorces the bride she is intitled to a sum of money, plus the jewlery and any gifts given.
Anyhow, after the wedding the groom and bride moved in with the the groom and his family. Things started off ok but then went downhill fast. The mother
-in-law was very invoved in the marriage and caused issues for both. My sister and the groom tried to work things out with each other and she really did not want the wedding to end neither did the groom. Things got a little better but soon after worsend again. My sister was constantly abused Virbally, mentally, and emotionally. It got extremely bad for her to where she need to get medical attention. (she was never physically abused)
After going to the hospital she left back to my parents house because she could not handle the stress. Shortly after she went to my parents house the groom submitted divorce papers and wanted to end the marriage. (my sister wanted to try to fix it but at the same time was okay with the divorce.) After submitting Divorce papers the groom now is attempting to sue my sister for the expense of the wedding, plus the dowery and everything else that has to do with the wedding and wants her to pay 50% of what he spent.
Can he sue her for the expense of the wedding? He agreed to the wedding and its terms.
It was not actually ended by her although she did leave to her parents house because she no longer felt safe living with his family.
Does she have to give anything back such as the engagement wring and other Jewlery he purchased for her?
And finally, Can she counter sue him for the agreed upon money that was listed on the marriage contract with the Imam, and for the mental, emotional, and verbal abuse? (she initally did not want it nor intended to want to counter sue but now that he is bringing these charges she wants to know if she can counter sue.)
Please Keep in mind that this divorce is happening In the sate of California.