“The provision of maintenance/permanent alimony being a beneficial provision for the indigent (needy) spouse can be invoked by either of the spouses where a decree of any kind government by Sections 9 to 13 has been passed and marriage ties are broken, disrupted or adversely affected by such decree of the court,” the high court order of Justice Bharati Dangre, passed on February 26, said, according to a LiveLaw report
The husband had applied for alimony after the divorce as he said that he did not have a means of income, and that he was the encouragement behind his wife finishing her higher education and going for a job during their marriage. The wife on the other hand argued that he had a Grocery shop as a business and that she could not spare an amount for alimony as she was also taking care of their daughter.
While the husband has requested a permanent alimony amount of Rs. 15,000 a month, the Nanded Civil Court has ruled that the wife is to pay him Rs. 3000 until the permanent alimony amount is decided. This judgement was upheld by the Bombay High Court as well.