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Vipen Dhingra (Student)     03 June 2014

Liability of step father to maintain second wife's child

Advocates please help in the question: "whether a step father is liable to maintain the minor child of his second wife ?

for example: A is daughter of B. B got married to P as his second wife(by valid marriage) and from this P becomes step father of A. Is P liable to maintain A also after divorce from B.

please provide with law and authority. will be very much thankful.


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Gautam Kapoor (IT professional Studying Law)     05 June 2014

in a nutshell maintenance is provided to wife and his legitimate or illegitimate child

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Shonee Kapoor (Legal Evangelist - TRIPAKSHA)     05 June 2014

Unless P adopted A, he is not liable to maintain A.



Shonee Kapoor

If you don't fight for what you want, don't cry for what you LOST.
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Vipen Dhingra (Student)     06 June 2014

Thank you sir for responding. Sir Shonee Kapoor not any specific procedure has been followed to adopt the child but at the time of marriage of B and P, P accepted the child and orally had taken responsibility to maintain the child. Now is this point going to make any difference in situation or not ?

KISHAN DUTT KALASKAR (Advocate)     17 March 2018

Dear Sir/Madam,

Since your case is complicated case as such I require documents and same may be send to my email/PM (personal mail) for detailed legal advise.


With regards,

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Anamika Vichare (Practising Lawyer)     09 May 2021

Mr. Kapoor has rightly said, unless adoption is done and that is by way of seeking decree of Adoption from Civil Judge

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