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Section 22 - Maintenance of dependants : Hindu Adoptions and Maintenance Act 1956

What is the law for Maintenance of dependants Section 22 of Hindu Adoptions and Maintenance Act, 1956


Section 22 of Hindu Adoptions and Maintenance Act 1956 : "Maintenance of dependants"

22. (1) Subject to the provisions of sub-section (2) the heirs of a deceased Hindu are bound to maintain the dependants of the deceased out of the estate inherited by them from the deceased.




(2) Where a dependant has not obtained, by testamentary or intestate-succession, any share in the estate of a Hindu dying after the commencement of this Act, the dependant shall be entitled, subject to the provisions of this Act, maintenance from those who take the estate.

(3) The liability of each of the persons who takes the estate shall be in proportion to the value of the share or part of the estate taken by him or her.


(4) Notwithstanding anything contained sub-section (2) or sub-section (3), no person who is himself or herself a dependant shall be liable to contribute to the maintenance of others, if he or she has obtained a share or part the value of which is, or would, if the liability to contribute were enforced, become less than what would be awarded to him or her by way of maintenance under this Act.



Section 2 - Application of Act

Section 3 - Definitions

Section 4 - Overriding effect of Act


Section 5 - Adoptions to be regulated by this Chapter

Section 6 - Requisites of a valid adoption

Section 7 - Capacity of a male Hindu to take in adoption

Section 8 - Capacity of a female Hindu to take in adoption

Section 9 - Persons capable of giving in adoption

Section 10 - Persons who may be adopted

Section 11 - Other conditions for a valid adoption

Section 12 - Effects of adoption

Section 13 - Right of adoptive parents to dispose of their properties

Section 14 - Determination of adoptive mother in certain cases

Section 15 - Valid adoption not to be cancelled

Section 16 - Presumption as to registered documents relating to adoption

Section 17 - Prohibition of certain payments


Section 18 - Maintenance of wife

Section 19 - Maintenance of widowed daughter-in-law

Section 20 - Maintenance of children and aged parents

Section 21 - Dependants defined

Section 22 - Maintenance of dependants

Section 23 - Amount of maintenance

Section 24 - Claimant to maintenance should be a Hindu

Section 25 - Amount of maintenance may be altered on change of circumstances

Section 26 - Debts to have priority

Section 27 - Maintenance when to be a charge

Section 28 - Effect of transfer of property on right to maintenance


Section 29 - Repeals

Section 30 - Savings

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