The Supreme Court has said that a “daughter is not entitled to any amount” from her father for her education or marriage if she “does not want to maintain any relationship” with him.
The Bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and MM Sundresh observed that in the particular case, the daughter was 20 years old and free to choose her path, but because did not want to maintain any relationship with the father, could not demand money from him for education.
“In so far as the daughter’s expenses for education and marriage are concerned, it appears from her approach that she does not want to maintain any relationship with the appellant and is about 20 years of age. She is entitled to choose her own path but then cannot demand from the appellant the amount towards the education. We, thus, hold that the daughter is not entitled to any amount,” the Court said, according to a report by the Bar and Bench.
However, the court stated that in determining the amount to be paid as permanent alimony to the mother, it would take care to ensure that funds are available for the mother to support her daughter if she so desires. The Court was hearing a divorce petition filed by the husband after the Punjab & Haryana High Court denied it.
The daughter had lived with her mother since birth, and now, at the age of 20, she refused to see her father.
According to Senior Advocate Nidhesh Gupta, who appeared for the appellant, the relationship between the father and daughter had “become acrimonious and unpleasant in terms of the telephonic conversations.”
In exercising its jurisdiction under Article 142 of the Indian Constitution, the Court declared the appellant and respondent’s two-decade-old marriage null and void on the grounds of “irretrievable breakdown of marriage.”
In terms of the daughter’s expenses, the Court ruled that she will not be entitled to any money for her education, the report stated.
As a result, the Supreme Court set the respondent’s permanent alimony, which is currently being paid at 8,000 per month as interim maintenance, at 10 lakh in full and final settlement of all claims.