1. When husband will get divorce or not will be decided on the basis of evidence led before the court. So, your advocate should not have been cock sure about the verdict.
2. Your advocate is right. S. 340 will be different proceedings. As the court told that about the fate of S.340 would be decided with divorce petition, you should wait till that time. If the court observes that perjury caused, then you can proceed in that direction.
3. Your advocate is wrong. If section 24 is pending, you should insist court that first dispose that application before proceedings further. There are a number of SC and HC cases, where it was held that S. 24 application has to be disposed first before proceeding further. Your advocate require to put some more hard work.
4. Again your advocate is wrong. Permanent alimony is in Section 25. The section says - "Any court exerising jurisdiction under this Act, may, at any time of passing any decree or at any time subsequent thereto, on application made to it for the purpose....."
It means you can file such application during the proceedings OR EVEN AT THE TIME OF PASSING DECREE OR EVEN AFTER THAT.
So, nothing harm has happened to you, if you have not filed permanent alimony application. If I would be your advocate, I would not move an application till divorce decree is granted.
First insist that S.24 be disposed off. There is still a whale of time to move application for permanent alimony under Section 25.