Right to claim maintenance must date back to date of filing of application, not date of court order: Madras High Court

"The right to claim maintenance must date back to the date of filing of the application, since the period during which maintenance proceedings remained pending is not within the control of the applicant."
Right to claim maintenance must date back to date of filing of application, not date of court order: Madras High Court
Justice K Murali Shankar, Madras High Court

The Madras High Court recently held that the award of maintenance in matrimonial disputes should ordinarily be from the date of the application by the woman-claimant and not from the date of the order awarding maintenance (Mohamed Nisha Banu v. Mohamed Rafi and ors).

An award from the date of the order can be made only if there are sufficient supporting reasons for the same, Justice K Murali Shankar ruled.

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