My wife approached Hon'ble FC for maintenance 9 months back during the trial of my divorce petition. Divorce was granted but stayed by the Hon'ble HC and her Appeal is pending. This week orders were granted for maintenance petition in which she asked for arrears of last 36 months @ 40K per month (14.4 lakhs).
Following is the order:
In the result, petition is partly allowed. Rs 5 lakhs is awarded as past maintenance to the petitioner and Rs.15,000 per month granted as maintenance from the date of the petition. The respondent is directed to pay or deposit the same in her account on or before 10th of every month, in case of default the petitioner is at liberty to execute the order by due process of law.
At the moment I do not have access to proper Advocate. I hope to get some help from this forum. Please advice.
1. By when this 5 lakhs has to be paid, nothing is mentioned. Am I liable immediately ? From when will I be treated as disobeying the Orders and defaulting ? When and what kind of action can be initiated by her to recover this money ? What to expect ?
2. It also seems I have to pay Rs.15K for last 9 months. By when this has to be paid ?
3. Do I have an option to appeal with the HC and can I expect the Orders to be stayed ? Do such appeals depend on merit of the case or mostly on the smartness of the Advocate ? I am concerned that if I do not seek appeal, it means I accepted everything and I am bound to continue to pay for life. I do not want to disrespect the law but I feel it is important to standup for myself. What to expect at the HC ?
4. Can she appeal to HC for more money ?
Please advice or direct me to concerned info. Thanks.