The Supreme Court is set to frame guidelines on payment of maintenance in matrimonial matters.
While hearing an appeal against a judgment of Bombay High Court, the bench comprising of Justice Indu Malhotra and Justice R. Subhash Reddy appointed Senior Advocates Gopal Sankarnarayanan and Anitha Shenoy as Amicus Curiae to assist it, in this regard.
The High Court, in the impugned order, had upheld the order of Family Court which had directed the husband to pay interim maintenance of Rs. 15,000/- per month from 01/09/2013 to the wife and Rs. 5000 per month to child from 01/09/2013 to 31/08/2015 and thereafter to pay to the child Rs. 10,000/- per month from 01/09/2015 till further orders.
The High Court had observed that, wife is also entitled to lifestyle similar to that of the husband during the pendency of the proceedings before the Family Court. To come to the conclusion that the husband is leading a luxurious lifestyle, the bench had taken note of the Facebook post showing him flaunting photographs of wildlife taken in various parts of the world, using expensive camera and lens equipments.
The bench, while hearing the appeal, directed the husband to pay off the arrears of maintenance admitted by him within two weeks.
The case is now posted on 14th October 2019 for further consideration.
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