My brother who got married in february 2011. Initial it seems going okay, but then couple of incident happend which marks fundamental differences. Wife started pushing my brother on financial matters to get things on her, or for her family, and strongly asked my brother to not support his parents. Things continued on/ off disputes and after an year and few months, wife abondoned my brother and went to her parents. This point of time they were expecting a baby. My brother keep visiting his inlaws and making an attempt to resum normal life, but all effort failed. He tried it for good 5 - 6 months while taking of all his wife medical expenses during her pregnancy. For this span, he had to frequently fly to her parent place and take care of all expense.
Finally after a constant attempt for 6 months, he filed divorce case on ground of cruality in December 2013. In response his wife failed maintenance case and imposed all falsified allegations for dowary, physical and mental torture by her in-laws in January 2014. After approx. an year of hearing, she requested to transfer case to her native on ground of threat to life. As there was nothing such as true, we didn't objected. Now its 2017, after good span of 4 and 1/2 year now decision came where family court has disposed-off and dismised divorce plea and also granted a heavy maintenance amount to husband/ my brother.
We are very much stress out for so long and now shocked with this kind of one-sided decision. Need legal consultancy as how to proceed with it now. These are my quick clarifications?
1. What is the next higher appeal court to family court and does the appeal against family court decision to be applied in same jurisdiction or can be applied to high court of other state i.e. my natvie place.
2. Wife do not have any intention to to reunite because;
a. She abondoned her husband
b. Its she who went to her parent, and then never came back inspite of all effort.
c. Its she who never once initiated a single effort to reconcile and clear difference in span of last 4 years
d. She demanded a huge lumsump amount and still refusing to give divorece.
e. The initial dispute were on financial matters and later proven as she put false allegations and demanded monety to settl.e
f. She was in job before marriage, never been objected for continuing, and well qulalified. So only motive is be idle and rip benefit from husband's earning
And now the family court decision allowed her to enjoy with all benefits without giving any relief to husband (my brother in this case). What option does a husband have in this case?
3. Online case status for divorce and maintenance shows as
a. Divorce - disposed - Contested/ dismissed on merit
b. Maintenance - disponse - Contested/ allowed
Decision copy is yet to be received. So how much time does an applicant have to appeal after decision and which date is used to calulate this duration, decision copy is yet not received as of April 8th 2017, though online case status show it as disponsed on April 1st 2017
4. The maintenance amount, is it effective since the date of decision, or to be calcuated since the application adminissino date? It would be huge if so, can it be oppsed and contested? Can I request for child visitation in this? What if nothing mentioned in court detail decision about this.
5. What leagal option woudl be advised as next step in this case.
Thanks for help in advance.