Karnataka High Court Enhances Maintenance from Son in Landmark Judgment

In a noteworthy judgment, the Karnataka High Court, on November 24, 2023, revised maintenance awarded by the Family Court, Mysuru, in RPFC No. 58 of 2021. The petitioner-mother, sought increased maintenance from her son, challenging the Family Court’s decision to enhance it from Rs.10,000 to Rs.15,000 per month. This article delves into the court’s rationale and the implications of this ruling.


The petitioner-mother, aged 66, filed a petition under Section 125 of Cr.P.C., claiming maintenance from her son, aged 44. The petitioner asserted that the property in Gokulam, Mysuru, purchased by her father, was misused through a gift deed to her husband, leaving her neglected and without financial support.

Legal Proceedings

The respondent contested, claiming the property was rightfully his and the petitioner was adequately provided for. The Trial Court, considering the respondent’s offer, directed a monthly maintenance of Rs. 15,000 and Rs. 50,000 annually for medical expenses.

Petitioner's Challenge

Aggrieved by the order, the petitioner approached the Karnataka High Court under Section 19(4) of the Family Courts Act, challenging the enhancement and seeking further maintenance.

Image of an Old Indian Widow. Text overlay says "Maintenance from Son Enhanced"

Court's Observations

The High Court considered the respondent’s rental income, his financial obligations towards a loan, and the petitioner’s age and medical needs. Acknowledging the respondent’s offer, the court enhanced the maintenance to Rs.20,000 per month, ensuring medical expenses and health insurance coverage.

Legal Precedent

The court referred to a similar case (Rajnesh vs. Neha) emphasizing the need for parties to declare assets and liabilities. It highlighted the son’s duty to maintain his mother, considering her age and dependency.


The Karnataka High Court’s decision to enhance maintenance from a son establishes a legal precedent, emphasizing the obligation to support aging parents. This judgment reflects a nuanced approach to maintenance disputes, considering the financial capabilities and responsibilities of the parties involved.

Download Judgment

Click above to download this Judgment in the case titled RPFC No. 58 of 2021. It can serve as a valuable resource for legal reference.

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