Section 125 of the Code of Criminal Procedure 1973 empowers a magistrate of the first class ( now a Family Court) to order maintenance to wife, children and parents. As per Section 125 (b) a “ wife” includes a woman who has been divorced by, or has obtained a divorce from her husband and has not remarried.
Whether a divorced wife is entitled to claim maintenance from her former husband has been
a subject-matter for judicial decisions by Courts on many occasions. Recently Hon’ble Mr. Justice R. Basant of the Hon. High Court of Kerala in the case Sajeev Kumar Vs. Dhanya has reiterated the earlier judicial stand on the subject in favour of the divorced wife.