The Model Code on Indian Family Law, 2024 is a comprehensive, gender-just and queer inclusive family law Code. It is a product of year long consultations with legal practitioners, academics, members of civil society and activists. It positions itself as a progressive legal framework to aid public deliberations on the issue of family law reforms in India. The manner in which family laws must be reformed should be based on democratic consensus and rigorous deliberations.

The Model Code comprises three chapters: Adult Unions, which provides for the regulation of adult intimate relationships including marital, non-marital and atypical intimacies; parent-child relations which proposes a modern framework of parental responsibilities and rights; and succession, which provides for equal inheritance rights for all persons, and modernises the law on wills. 

We hope the Model Code serves as a resource that facilitates public discourse on the critical issue of the future of family laws in India. 

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