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Wife Maintenance in Pakistan

Maintenance for wife is an important aspect of family law in Pakistan which means providing financial support to the wife before or after divorce. Wife maintenance is also known as Spousal Support or Alimony which acknowledges the economic interdependence that often exists in marriages. In Pakistan, husband is a sole responsible to financially support his wife with the assurance that she maintains a standard of living. Women have the rights to claim maintenance under family laws from her husbands. Therefore, these rights empower individuals to navigate the legal process effectively.

Legal Services for Wife Maintenance

A competent and professional’s experience is most important to deal with the legal complexities surrounding with the case of wife maintenance in Pakistan; this is where our family lawyers come in. Our lawyers are experts in helping wives claiming wife maintenance and court proceedings by providing representation and advice. Seeking legal advice is essential when it comes to wife maintenance issues in Pakistan in order to navigate the complexities of family law and guarantee fair and just decisions. So, let’s examine the main contributions of our spousal support claim lawyer can make.

Legal Consultation: Getting legal advice is a first step of initiating court process. We provide free initial consultations so that our clients can talk about their situation, learn about their rights, and gain knowledge about the possible legal ways that might be open to them. 

Case Assessment: Our legal professionals specializing in wife maintenance conduct thorough assessments of each case. They evaluate the financial aspects, needs of the spouse seeking maintenance, and other important factors to provide a clear understanding of the legal standing and potential outcomes.

Documentation Preparation: After legal consultation and case assessment, we navigate legal processes which involves legal documentation. Our alimony attorney assists in the preparation of all necessary documents, ensuring that paperwork is accurate, complete, and compliant with legal standards.

Court Representation: When there is no chance for success of mediation, court representation becomes necessary for representing client in the court. Our court representation services in wife maintenance lawsuits include presenting cases in family courts, defending clients, submission of evidence, and arguing for maintenance with support of the rulings of superior courts.

Settlement and Negotiation: Our maintenance dispute lawyer can work out an agreement outside of court by negotiating with the adverse party. This strategy seeks to reach mutually acceptable agreements, reducing the risk of court cases and offering quicker resolution of disputes.

Enforcement of Court Orders: Legal services of our maintenance claim lawyer are important in enforcing court orders when maintenance orders of the court are disobeyed. This involves penal legal actions to ensure compliance that the decided financial support is provided by the husband.

Dispute Resolution in Compliance with Sharia Law: To expedite the resolution of disputes, we may explore mediation or alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. Given the religious diversity in Pakistan, our wife maintenance lawyers are experts in Sharia law.

Client Advocacy: Above all, our wife maintenance lawyer in Pakistan serves as advocates for our clients. We struggle to secure favorable decision, protect our clients’ interests, and ensure that the legal process is followed with diligence and integrity.

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Step By Step Process for Claiming Wife Maintenance in Pakistan

Here is a step-by-step legal process for seeking wife maintenance in Pakistan;

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Legal Consultation & Case Analysis

Before initiating a process of claiming wife maintenance from the court, you must consult with our spousal support claim lawyer in Pakistan. Our legal professionals will guide you regarding the entire process by conducting case analysis from filing petition to the case decision.

Legal Documentation for Spousal Support

After case analysis, our alimony claim lawyer will help you for collecting necessary documents such as the marriage certificate, evidence of marriage, income of husband, preparing spousal support petition and other related documents including court orders related to separation or divorce etc.

Filing Spousal Support Petition in Court

After collection of all legal documents and preparation of petition, we file a wife maintenance case in the family court in whose jurisdiction a wife is residing. Our petition explains the maintenance amount and also provide reasons supporting the claim.

Issuance of Notices

After filing a lawsuit, the court passes a direction for issuance of notices to the husband through registered postal service, publication of notices in newspaper as well as intimation through WhatsApp, SMS and Telephonic call to the husband.

Submission of Written Statement

If the notices has been properly served and husband don’t appear in the court then the court may proceed in his absence but if the husband attends the proceeding, then the court direct him for submission of written statement.

Fixation of Interim Maintenance Amount

After submission of written statement by the husband, the court fix an appropriate amount as an interim maintenance while considering the factors as mentioned above. This interim maintenance amount is liable to be paid by the husband on every month and consequence of non-payment would be closing of right of defense of the husband in view of section 17-A of Family Courts Act.

Recording of Evidence

After framing of issues in the case, the court direct the parties for submission of evidence. Such evidence includes oral evidence through witnesses as well as documentary evidence including source of income, property details and needs of wife.

Decision of Alimony Case

Ater recording the evidence by both the parties i.e. wife and husband, the court assesses the specific needs of the wife such as meal, clothing, healthcare, and living standards etc. and thereafter passes final order by fixing permanent amount of maintenance.

Enforcement of Court Orders

After the decision, a wife would need to file an execution petition for enforcing the final decision of the case. This step is of very importance because mere passing an order is not sufficient unless the same gets enforced which ensure the payment of maintenance.

Consequence of Non-Payment

If a husband fails to pay the maintenance amount, then the court is empowered to him by issuing his warrants of arrest and also forfeiting his assets and auction thereof for recovery of maintenance.

Legal Guidance For Wife Maintenance in Pakistan

Maintenance of Wife in Islam

In Islam, the concept of maintenance for a wife is deeply rooted in the principles outlined in the Quran and the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

The Islam emphasis on justice, compassion, and the preservation of the family bond which is demonstrated by the financial obligations imposed on the husband.

The Quran provides explicit guidance on the financial responsibilities of a husband towards his wife.

Surah An-Nisa (4:34) states,

“Men are the protectors and maintainers of women because Allah has made one of them excel over the other, and because they spend out of their possessions to support them.”

This verse underscores the role of men as providers and maintainers, emphasizing financial support for their wives. 

The financial maintenance of a wife in Islam is termed “Nafqah” which includes the provision of basic necessities, including shelter, food, clothing, and other essentials, ensuring that the wife’s dignity and well-being are safeguarded.

Islamic teaching places a strong emphasis on the husband’s primary role in providing financial assistance. This involves providing maintenance for the wife, children and other dependents. The husband’s ability to pay is taken into account to make sure the maintenance is appropriate and within his financial means.

Islam promotes treating spouses justly and fairly in all areas of their lives together including financial matters. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is reported to have said, “The best among you is the one who is best to his wife.”

This includes fulfilling financial obligations with kindness and consideration.

Challenges in Obtaining Wife Maintenance

Following are the main challenges a wife may face during course of seeking spousal support from her husband;

Legal Complications: Core challenge in claiming wife maintenance is legal complexities such as hiring a professional lawyer. For example, if you hire a criminal defense attorney for your spousal support claim who do not have any experience dealing with the procedure in family courts. We are experienced in claiming wife maintenance for overseas Pakistanis so don’t hesitate to discuss your concern with us.

Enforcement of Court Orders: Another challenge is enforcing maintenance orders passed by the family court directing husband to pay maintenance to his wife.

Delays: Although Family Courts Act prescribed period of deciding such cases within six months but legal proceedings can be time-consuming. So, managing duration of the process is essential for those seeking financial support.

Wife Maintenance Laws in Pakistan

Legal framework for spouse maintenance is regulated by the family laws of Pakistan. Wife maintenance cases are typically filed and decided in the family courts.

Family Laws: Family laws of Pakistan cover a wide range of topics related to family relationships and disputes such as marriage, divorce, and financial assistance as well as provisions regarding wife maintenance. The Muslim Family Laws Ordinance, 1961, and the Dissolution of Muslim Marriages Act, 1939, are the main statutes that are pertinent to wife maintenance.

Muslim Family Laws Ordinance, 1961: The rights and obligations of spouses are provisioned in Muslim Family Law Ordinance of 1961 alongwith rules pertaining to wife maintenance which acknowledges the husband’s obligations to support his wife financially after or before a divorce and also making sure that she continues to live at a level same to what she had throughout or before the marriage.

Judicial Process: Family courts of Pakistan are responsible to deal with the family disputes cases including divorce, child custody and maintenance, recovery of dower and dowry articles of wife and definitely wife maintenance case. There is a proper judicial procedure for claiming wife maintenance.

Duration of Maintenance

Courts may order for the payment of maintenance to the husband for a wife for a specific duration until a marriage is intact. But after being divorced by the husband or through a dissolution of marriage, wife is only entitled to receive maintenance for Iddat period which is approximately three months. Temporary maintenance may be awarded during the legal proceedings, while permanent maintenance may be determined in the final decision of the court. The duration is determined based on factors such as the financial needs of the wife and the ability of the husband to pay.

Alimony vs Child Support

In legal and financial terms, alimony and child support have different concepts with different purposes within the context of family laws.

Alimony, also known as spousal support or wife maintenance, refers to the financial support to the wife by the husband. It is intended to address the financial disability that may arise after the marriage by ensuring that the wife can maintain a standard of her living similar to that before or during the marriage. The primary purpose of alimony is to support the wife who may have been economically dependent on the husband during the marriage. Factors influencing alimony determinations often include the duration of the marriage, each spouse’s financial situation, contributions to the marriage, and potential for self-support.

Child support, also known as child maintenance, is a financial assistance provided by the father to the mother for the welfare, upbringing, and well-being of their children after divorce or separation. It is intended to cover a child’s basic needs, including food, education, medical care, and other essential expenses. Child support prioritizes the best interests of the child with the purpose to ensure that child’s healthy and supportive upbringing. It is not intended for the benefit of the mother but is dedicated to the child’s needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the step-by-step legal process for seeking wife maintenance?

Step-by-Step Legal Process for Seeking Wife Maintenance in Pakistan

Here is a step-by-step legal process for seeking wife maintenance in Pakistan;

Step 1 – Legal Consultation & Case Analysis: Before initiating a process of claiming wife maintenance from the court, you must consult with our spousal support claim lawyer in Pakistan. Our legal professionals will guide you regarding the entire process by conducting case analysis from filing petition to the case decision.

Step 2 – Legal Documentation: After case analysis our alimony claim lawyer will help you for collecting necessary documents such as the marriage certificate, evidence of marriage, preparing spousal support petition and other related documents including court orders related to separation or divorce etc.

Step 3 – Petition Filing: After collection of all legal documents and preparation of petition, we file a wife maintenance case in the family court in whose jurisdiction a wife is residing. Our petition explains the maintenance amount and also provide reasons supporting the claim.

Step 4 – Issuance of Notices: After filing a lawsuit, the court passes a direction for issuance of notices to the husband through registered postal service, publication of notices in newspaper as well as intimation through WhatsApp, SMS and Telephonic call to the husband.

Step 5 – Submission of Written Statement: If the notices has been properly served and husband don’t appear in the court then the court may proceed in his absence but if the husband attends the proceeding, then the court direct him for submission of written statement.

Step 6 – Fixation of Interim Maintenance Amount: After submission of written statement by the husband, the court fix an appropriate amount as an interim maintenance while considering the factors as mentioned above. This interim maintenance amount is liable to be paid by the husband on every month and consequence of non-payment would be closing of right of defense of the husband in view of section 17-A of Family Courts Act.

Step 7 – Recording of Evidence: After framing of issues in the case, the court direct the parties for submission of evidence. Such evidence includes oral evidence through witnesses as well as documentary evidence including source of income, property details and needs of wife.

Step 8 – Decision of Case: Ater recording the evidence by both the parties i.e. wife and husband, the court assesses the specific needs of the wife such as meal, clothing, healthcare, and living standards etc. and thereafter passes final order by fixing permanent amount of maintenance.

Step 9 – Enforcement of Orders: After the decision, a wife would need to file an execution petition for enforcing the final decision of the case. This step is of very importance because mere passing an order is not sufficient unless the same gets enforced which ensure the payment of maintenance.

Step 10 – Consequence of Non-Payment: If a husband fails to pay the maintenance amount, then the court is empowered to him by issuing his warrants of arrest and also forfeiting his assets and auction thereof for recovery of maintenance.

Is wife maintenance granted indefinitely, or is there a specific duration?

If she has been divorced then duration of maintenance would be 3 months considered as a waiting period (Iddat) but in case where husband has not divorced her or she doesn’t apply for dissolution of marriage then there would be no specific duration.

How can wife enforce maintenance orders if the husband refuses to pay?

Legal Consequences for Non-Payment of Wife Maintenance

Enforcing wife maintenance orders of the court is important to guarantee the financial support determined by the court. There are legal consequences for non-payment such as;

  1. If husband deliberately disobeys the orders of the court, a wife shall have a right to file contempt of court proceedings.
  2. If husband avoids payment of maintenance in compliance of the orders of the court, then the court is empowered to close the right of defense of the father and proceed with the claim of wife accordingly.
  3. If husband refuses to pay maintenance, then the court may order for his arrest and confinement in civil prison.
  4. If husband do not pay maintenance, then the court may cease his assets and recover the maintenance by selling his assets through auction.
In what circumstances is the wife not entitled to maintenance?

If the wife separated herself without lawful justification, then husband may have a right to file a lawsuit for conjugal rights wherein the court may declare her a disobedient wife. In such circumstances, a disobedient wife is not entitled for maintenance.

Can wife claim maintenance after divorce?

Wife Maintenance After Divorce

Yes, a wife can claim maintenance after divorce and the legal system of Pakistan recognizes and provide assistance for such claims. Maintenance, also known as alimony or spousal support, is designed to ensure that a divorced wife is financially supported by her ex-husband but this would only last for 03 months of Iddat period. After completion of Iddat period, husband would not be responsible to provide financial support to his ex-wife.

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