High Court Dismisses Appeal in Family Maintenance Case

High Court Upholds Family Maintenance Order

High Court Upholds Family Maintenance Order

The High Court of Delhi dismissed an appeal by a husband challenging the Family Court’s decision to award maintenance to his wife and daughter. The judgment, delivered on May 28, 2024, involved a case under Section 24 of the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, which pertains to maintenance and interim relief during matrimonial proceedings. The Family Court had previously ordered the husband to pay Rs. 75,000 per month to his wife, starting from the date of her application, with a yearly increase of 7%, effective from April 1, 2025. This amount was intended to cover the living expenses of both the wife and their five-year-old daughter.

Appeal Based on Income Discrepancy and Adultery Claims

The husband, who works as a professional architect, argued that his monthly income was only Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 41,000. However, the Family Court found that this claim did not match the financial transactions in his bank account, suggesting a higher income. Additionally, the husband claimed that his wife was living in adultery and provided photographs to support his allegation. However, during the High Court proceedings, it was revealed that these claims were not mentioned in his initial reply to the maintenance application.

The High Court noted that the authenticity of the photographs was unclear and pointed out the prevalence of deep fake technology, making it difficult to ascertain the truth without further evidence. The judges suggested that the husband could present this evidence during the ongoing divorce proceedings in the Family Court.

Court Emphasizes Proper Legal Procedures

The High Court highlighted that if the husband’s claims of adultery were ignored by the Family Court, he should have filed for a review of the judgment rather than raising the issue in the appeal. Since no such review application was submitted, the High Court found no merit in the husband’s appeal and dismissed it.

The decision underscores the importance of following proper legal procedures and presenting all relevant evidence at the appropriate stages of a case. The judgment also reinforces the court’s commitment to ensuring fair maintenance for spouses and children during matrimonial disputes, as mandated by the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955.

Key Details of the Judgment

  • Law Involved: Section 24 of the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955
  • Decision Date: May 28, 2024
  • Family Court Maintenance Order: Rs. 75,000 per month with a 7% annual increase
  • Husband’s Income Claim: Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 41,000 per month
  • Court’s Finding: Discrepancy between claimed income and bank transactions
  • Adultery Allegation: Unsupported by initial reply, unclear photographs

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