Maintenance to professionally working wife

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If both husband and wife equally qualified

“no law provides that a husband has to maintain a wife, living separately from him, irrespective of the fact whether he earns or not. Court cannot tell the husband that he should beg, borrow or steal but give maintenance to the wife, more so when the husband and wife are almost equally qualified and almost equally capable of earning. ”


The petitioner, is also involved in theater, though, it is not quite clear as to whether she earns anything substantial in this field. It is however not possible to accept that the petitioner is totally unemployed and has no income whatsoever


The mere fact that she has qualification is not sufficient ipso facto to conclude that she is in a position to maintain herself. More so, in a competitive profession like the profession of law­as the lady had never enrolled herself as a practitioner nor embarked on any activity connected with law for a long period of time after her marriage till the separate living started. The qualification that she possesses is such that it cannot immediately  be  converted  into  work  and  earnings.  Possession  of  such  qualification  by  itself cannot be reckoned as synonymous with ability to maintain herself. So far as the postgraduate qualification in Arts is concerned, she had explained that she was able to get some work earlier. But those opportunities were not available to her now as institutions were insisting on B.Ed, qualification for teachers. There is nothing tangible to show that she was actually engaging herself in any teaching activities or professional activity as a lawyer at the time when the claim was made or before spouses started separate residence. In these circumstances, the conclusion appears to me to be inevitable that the mere fact that after separation on some occasions she had worked as a teacher in some schools is insufficient to take her out of the category of persons unable to maintain themselves.

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By Advocate Nitish Banka

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