The Punjab and Haryana High Court has given a decision in favour of interim maintenance to the wife, who is living separately from her husband on her own terms.
The court said that the husband is duty bound as per law to give a fixed amount as maintenance to his wife. The High Court ruled that even if the husband is without a job, he will have to pay alimony/maintenance to his wife. The High Court has awarded the wife an allowance of Rs 6,000 per month.
The lower court order of paying maintenance to wife was challenged by the husband calling for a cancellation of the order ‘Under section 18 of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005’. However, the High Court has upheld the lower court judgement.
Section 24 in The Hindu Marriage Act, 1955
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