The maintenance as such is duly recognized under the law and the maintenance of the spouse, children as well as aged parents are both civil as well criminal liabilities of an individual.Any spouse who is not earning or inadequately earning can claim maintenance from the one who is sufficiently earning. Therefore, the law has been enacted/codified both under the civil law as well as the criminal law. Any of the spouses or the children or the parents who are indigent and are unable to earn their livelihood have a right to claim the same from the other party. The law provides even the grant of interim maintenance meaning thereby that the one has not to wait for a long drawn battle in the court to get the maintenance. The maintenance is granted at the early and the initial stages as well, which is called as interim maintenance.