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HC increases maintenance amount

Posted on Dec 05, 08:33PM | UNI

Bombay high court has increased the interim maintenance to be paid by a husband to his estranged wife in the US to cope with the cost of living there.

The amount has been increased from 300 US Dollar (Rs15,000) to 1,200 Dollar (Rs 60,000) per month.

A Division bench. consisting of justice V M Kanade and justice P D Kode was hearing a plea by the wife seeking an increase in her monthly maintenance to meet her expenses in Boston.

The husband works in a multi-national company in Boston.

As per his salary records before the court, he used to earn Rs3,87,892 per month in 2009. The wife, who is a dentist, has shifted to the US to pursue her masters in hospital management and is living in a hostel. Advocates R T Lalwani , who appeared for the wife, said 'Our demand was for maintenance of Rs 2 lakh per month as the wife has to manage her expenses there'. However, today's order is interim, pending the final hearing of the appeal filed by the husband, which challenges the family court order rejecting his prayer for divorce. "We will seek appropriate maintenance at that time", they said.

The couple married on May 6, 2007, in Pune and left for the US on May 26. But 45 days later, the wife had to return to India to tend to her ailing grandmother. The husband also came along to attend her grandmother's last rites and later, left for the US alone. Repeated requests by the wife to get her to the US again were turned down and the husband filed a divorce petition in the Pune family court through his parents, which was dismissed.