The Delhi High Court in its order dated August 31, 2023 has granted Rs 1.5 lakh maintenance per month to the estranged wife of former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.
Over and above this, the Delhi High Court has also asked Abdullah to pay Rs 60,000 per month towards the education of his son.
Omar Abdullah has been living separately from his wife Payal Abdullah since the year 2009.
In 2016, Abdullah filed for divorce on grounds that the marriage had irretrievably broken down and that he intended to remarry. Subsequently, Payal filed for maintenance demanding Rs 15 lakh per month.
A trial court had in 2016 dismissed Omar Abdullah’s plea for divorce holding that he failed to prove “irretrievable breakdown of the marriage” and his claims of “cruelty or desertion”.
In 2018, the Trial Court granted Rs 75,000 per month for the estranged wife, whereas Rs 25,000 per month were payable towards one son until he turned 18.
However, unhappy with the said amounts awarded, Payal challenged the Trial Court order in the High Court seeking enhancement for the same.
Arguments by Wife
According to her plea, Payal stated that the maintenance awarded is too low and that their sons are not old enough to take care of their expenses and have to depend on their parents to pursue their education and their daily expenditures.
Delhi High Court
In 2023, Justice Subramonium Prasad has enhanced the said maintenance amounts to Rs 1,50,000 and Rs 60,000 per month respectively for estranged wife and son.
Voice For Men India Take:
- Most husbands are willing to take care of reasonable wants of estranged wives, provided there is an end to the main petition of divorce within a timeframe
- Sadly, maintenance and enhancement of maintenance cases are given preference at Courts, while the separated husbands struggle for final exit from a dead marriage
- In May 2023, the Supreme Court of India reiterated that it has absolute powers under Article 142 of the Constitution to dissolve a marriage which has completely broken down, even where either of the spouses does not consent to divorce
- Unfortunately, in India, it takes a minimum of 10-15 years by the time any contested divorce matter reaches the apex court, and in the interim, both spouses have lost out on their prime years of life
- It is also a pity that public figures who go through these legal harassments, which are merely an ego battle, choose to remain mum for political correctness
WATCH VIDEO (SOURCE: ABP NEWS 2016)
Payal Abdullah Files For Rs 15 Lakh Maintenance Per Month
▪️Since 2009: Parties living separately
▪️2016: Omar files for divorce citing Irretrievable Breakdown In Marriage
▪️2016: Court rejects divorce
▪️2016: Estranged wife Payal… pic.twitter.com/NugQD5z2yX
— Voice For Men India (@voiceformenind) August 31, 2023
#KapilSibal Argues For Faster Divorce Process So That Parties Can Move On & Children Can Settle Well
"Courts need to evolve, ppl are spending lifetime litigating, Best years of one's life are from 35-50, once u lose it, they never come back"@KapilSibal
IRRETRIEVABLE BREAKDOWN pic.twitter.com/QKtQsHxiWf
— Voice For Men India (@voiceformenind) October 11, 2022
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