After marrying Rajiv Rai, who had directed her in Tridev and Vishwatma in 1992 she left the industry.A son was born to her in May 1992 named Gaurav Rai.Her father-in-law was the successful film producer Gulshan Rai. She had to leave India with Rajiv Rai in 1997, after an attempt was made on his life by the Mumbai organized crime leader Abu Salem.
The couple settled in Los Angeles and then in Switzerland before shifting base to Mumbai again a few years ago. However, they have been living separately since 2001. Sonam and Rajiv divorced after 15 years of separation.