January 17, 2010

INDIA: Woman uses husband's net profile to support maintenance claim

. MUMBAI, Maharashtra / The Times of India / Society / Social Networking / Relationships / January 17, 2010 Disputing couples, beware! Internet profiles can come back to haunt if your matrimonial dispute ends up in the court. The Bombay High Court last week upheld a lower court's order which had granted interim maintenance of Rs 15,000 to a wife. Interestingly, the family court had accepted internet profile as one of the indicators of the husband's financial status and despite the husband's lawyer challenging this, the High Court said "the order is not perverse". Rekha, whose divorce petition is pending, had sought interim maintenance from her husband Vishal (both names changed). The family court She had produced printouts of his profile on social networking sites to show that he owns/controls four firms, and possesses several vehicles, and therefore was capable of paying hefty maintenance to her. The lower court accepted the information drawn from the internet profile and awarded her maintenance of Rs 15,000 per month. The husband challenged the order in the High Court, with his lawyer arguing that the internet profile cannot be a proof of income. He also argued that the firms named in the profile were in fact in the names of Vishal's father and brother. Same was the case with vehicles. [rc] Copyright © 2010 Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd.