Maintenance Under Christian Law

Under the maintenance laws in India, The Indian Divorce Act, 1869 governs maintenance rights of a Christian wife. The Indian Divorce Act, 1869 recognizes the right of only wife to maintenance-both alimony pendente lite (during pendency of a suit) and permanent alimony. However the husband doesn’t have the same rights under the said Act.   

The maximum amount that can be decreed by court as alimony during the time a matrimonial suit is pending in court is one-fifth of the husband's net income.

In fixing the quantum as permanent maintenance, the court will determine what is just, bearing in mind the ability of husband to pay, wife's own assets and conduct of the parties. 
A husband cannot claim maintenance under The Indian Divorce Act.