Who will pay proceeding expenses? Section 24, What is permanent
alimony and Maintenance? Section 25 of The Hindu Marriage Act 1955.
In any proceedings under the Hindu Marriage Act 1955, it
appears that either the wife or husband as the case may be
has no independent income for her or his support and
necessary expenses for proceedings, it may on the
application of the wife or husband order the respondent to
pay the sum or proceeding expenses as per Section 24 of the
Act. Provisions in the Act in Section 24 and 25 of the Hindu
Marriage Act 1955 are.
Section 24 - Maintenance pendente lite and expenses of
Where in any proceeding under this Act it appears to the
Court that either the wife or the husband, as the case may
be, has no independent income sufficient for her or his
support and the necessary expenses of the proceeding, it
may, on the application of the wife or the husband, order
the respondent to pay the petitioner the expenses of the
proceeding such sum as, having regard to the petitioner's
own income and the income of the respondent, it may seem to
the Court to be reasonable.
Section 25 - Permanent alimony and maintenance.
Section 25 (1) Any court exercising jurisdiction under this
Act may, at the time of passing any decree or at any time
subsequent thereto, on application made to it for the
purposes by either the wife or the husband, as the case may
be, order that the respondent shall pay to the applicant for
her or his maintenance and support such gross sum or such
monthly or periodical sum for a term not exceeding the life
of the applicant as, having regard to the respondent's own
income and other property of the applicant, the conduct of
the parties and other circumstances of the case, it may seem
to the Court to be just, and any such payment may be
secured, if necessary, by a charge on the immoveable
property of the respondent.
Section 25 (2) If the Court is satisfied that there is a
change in the circumstances of either party at any time
after it has made an order under sub-section (1), it may at
the instance of either party, vary, modify or rescind any
such order in such manner as the court may deem just.
Section 25 (3) If the Court is satisfied that the party in
whose favour an order has been made under this Section has
re-married or, if such party is the wife, that she has not
remained chaste or if such party is the husband, that he has
had sexual intercourse with any woman outside wedlock, it
may at the instance of the other party vary, modify or
rescind any such order in such manner as the court may deem