Man working abroad not liable to pay wife more money: High Court


New Delhi: Just because a man is employed abroad and earns in local currency, a wife is not entitled to seek enhanced maintenance, the Delhi high court has said. The court said he has to spend also on the higher cost of living abroad and cannot be assumed to be capable of paying more maintenance in India.

A bench of Justices Pradeep Nandrajog and Pratibha Rani dismissed an appeal filed by a woman seeking enhancement of maintenance on the ground that her husband works in Dubai and has no other liability.

In 2014, a trial court had granted her maintenance of 5,000 per month along with Rs 2,000 per court visit for attending the hearing on a divorce plea filed by the husband and Rs 500 as dearness allowance. However, the woman had approached the high court seeking enhancement of maintenance.