Connecting you to everyone you need to help raise your child.
In a statement that could hold a lot of hope for women at the receiving end of a divorce, India's apex court, Supreme Court, has said that the maintenance amount that a husband pays his wife after divorce, known as alimony, should be at least 25 percent of his total net income.
This, says the SC, will be a “just and proper” amount that can be granted as alimony.
In its statement, the court said that the reason for arriving at this particular amount was to make sure that even after the divorce, the wife, or ex-wife as per the divorce, can continue to live in a dignified way after she separates from her husband.
"Twenty-five percent of the husband's net salary would be just and proper to be awarded as maintenance to the (former) wife. The amount of permanent alimony awarded to her must be befitting the status of the parties and the capacity of the spouse to pay maintenance, which is always dependent on the factual situation of the case... and the court would be justified in moulding the claim for maintenance passed on various factors," the bench said.
The court also went on to say that the amount was decided based on the husband’s capacity to pay the maintenance, but that it could also be a factual condition, where the amount can be changed in some specific cases.
A bench of Justices R Banumathi and M M Santanagoudar made the observation while directing a resident of West Bengal's Hoogly, earning Rs 95,527 a month, to set aside Rs 20,000 as maintenance for his former wife and their son.
While the statement does come as a welcome sign for many women who are not working professionally and are housewives, it is also true that being financially independent can definitely help you take better care of yourself, as well as your children.
Here are a few ways in which you can start your journey into the professional world, whether you have prior experience or not:
While a wife is definitely entitled to alimony after a divorce, having your own source of income, no matter how big or small, will ensure that there is some amount of financial freedom and security that you can rely on, without having to ask for it.
Also Read: Denying sex to spouse is now a legal ground for divorce
If you have any insights, questions or comments regarding the article, please share them in our Comment box below. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Google+ and Twitter to stay up-to-date on the latest from theIndusparent.com
Mum to two naughty little girls, Debolina is a wanderer at heart. She loves writing about lifestyle, parenting, health, wellness, beauty and care, as well as dabble in poetry. Her words can be found on her blogs, as well as a host of different websites and publications.
She also loves interacting on social media, taking off on sudden trips on the road, reading, photography and music. Favourite pastime? Goofing with her little girls!
Family Life India Marital Issues Marriage News Relationships