Maintenance for Woman under Muslim Marriage Law

Last updated on Jun 1, 2022

Under Muslim Marriage law, maintenance is paid by your husband to you and your children after the divorce has taken place. You do not have to pay maintenance to your husband as under Muslim law, only a man has to pay and take care of the woman after the divorce.

You can go to the Court to ask your husband to pay you maintenance. Courts determine the sum of maintenance based on the financial capacities of the husband.

Maintenance for Wife

In Muslim law, you have a right to get maintenance from your husband till:

  • Your Iddat period for divorce is over.
  • After your iddat period until you remarry.
  • You can also ask for more maintenance if the amount you are receiving is insufficient based on circumstances.

You cannot get maintenance from your husband if he has died. However, you have options of getting maintenance from:

  • Any relatives who may inherit your wealth and property.
  • Your children.
  • Your parents.
  • State Wakf Board.

Along with your maintenance, you are entitled to get the mehr amount mentioned in your nikahnama. This mehr is given either on divorce or on death of your husband.

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